Martin Keown says Maurizio Sarri could be sacked by Chelsea within weeks
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has made a bold prediction that current Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri could be sacked within weeks.
The Blues suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of Bournemouth in the midweek game. As a result, they are now out of the top four, and struggling in every sense on the field.
The loss came just few days after Sarri publicly cricitised his players and also stated that they are a difficult bunch to motivate.
The Italian’s comments haven’t been a welcome sight among Chelsea faithfuls. And many suggest that he could be a victim of player power at Stamford Bridge.
We have seen that power can lead to sacking of managers – ask Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.
Talking about Sarri and Chelsea was former Arsenal legend Keown. He told the Daily Mail: “Maurizio Sarri has earned plenty of respect throughout his managerial career.
“That does not mean he can assume he has the respect of his players.
“When Sarri sits in the Stamford Bridge dressing room, he is the only one there who has never won a trophy.
“He has publicly gone to war with a group of serial winners — and at Chelsea the manager is never going to come out on top.
“These players have proved difficult to motivate when they are out of a title race.
“They have followed up their last two Premier League titles with 10th and fifth-placed finishes.
“The last week is a perfect example. Chelsea were up for it when there was a place in the Carabao Cup final on the line but when league action resumed, they suffered their heaviest defeat of the Roman Abramovich era.
“The four goals they conceded at Bournemouth suggests the players are no longer listening to their manager.
“They were not doing the basics and no one was taking charge.
“It may only take a couple more bad results for Chelsea to make a change in the dugout.”
Sure the Englishman is concerned about the situation at Stamford Bridge. It will be interesting to see how the players react when they play Huddersfield Town tomorrow afternoon.