Maurizio Sarri: The big Chelsea club rule Sarri will take issue with when replacing Conte
Sarri is poised to replace Antonio Conte, who was finally sacked today, as Chelsea manager.
Sarri is due in London this afternoon and could be announced as the new Chelsea boss this weekend.
The 59-year-old will join from Napoli with a growing reputation in the game.
He took Napoli to the brink of the Serie A title this season but was eventually pipped by Juventus.
His philosophy is more Pep Guardiola than Antonio Conte and should help get players like Eden Hazard back on side, if Real Madrid’s interest can be held off.
But Sarri may have an issue while in England when it comes to personal habits.
The Italian is described as a ‘chain-smoker’ who averages five packs a day.
He smoked on the training ground and at games while Napoli boss and RB Leipzig had to make a ‘smoking cabin’ in the dressing for him when Napoli played them in the Europa League.
Chelsea however operate a strict non-smoking rule, as listed on their website in the FAQ section.
IS THERE ANYWHERE TO SMOKE DURING THE MATCH?
In accordance with Smokefree England, it is against the law to smoke anywhere inside the stadium at Stamford Bridge. This includes the use of e-cigarettes.
Conte was finally put out of his misery today after being made to take training this week despite the sack looming all summer.
Chelsea published a 62-word statement to dismiss the Italian.
“Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company,” it read.
“During Antonio’s time at the club, we won our sixth league title and eighth FA Cup. In the title winning season, the club set a then-record 30 wins in a 38-game Premier League season, as well as a club-record 13 consecutive league victories.
“We wish Antonio every success in his future career.”
Chelsea are also closing in on Jorginho, who will become their first summer signing in a deal worth £57m.