Sarri returns to Italy as Lampard eyes Stamford Bridge

 

Sarri returns to Italy as Lampard eyes Stamford Bridge

London - Sarri met his targets by returning Chelsea to the Champions League via a third-placed finish in the Premier League and winning the Europa League

By AFP

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Published: Fri 14 Jun 2019, 11:42 PM

Last updated: Sat 15 Jun 2019, 1:44 AM

Maurizio Sarri is set to return to Italy to take the vacant managerial role at Juventus and bring the curtain down on a fretful one-year stay at Chelsea.
Sarri met his targets by returning Chelsea to the Champions League via a third-placed finish in the Premier League and winning the Europa League, claiming his first major trophy as a coach in the process.
The 60-year-old former banker becomes the ninth full-time manager to leave Chelsea since Roman Abramovich took charge of the club in 2003. The club's record goalscorer Frank Lampard is the favourite to return to Stamford Bridge after just one season in management at Derby County.
Lampard, 40, led the Rams to the Championship playoff final where they fell just short of a return to the Premier League.
The former England midfielder will not suffer any of the hostility encountered by Sarri in the Chelsea fan base. 
But it represents a huge gamble both for Lampard so early in his managerial career to take the huge step up to a top-six job, and for a club in transition to back a rookie manager. 
 


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