Ex-Chelsea defender says Maurizio Sarri deserves to stay

Former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair believes manager Maurizio Sarri’s future should not depend on winning the Europa League and that he deserves to stay.

Frank Sinclair
Sarri’s future at Chelsea remains unclear ahead of Wednesday’s final against Arsenal in Baku.

The 60-year-old says he will speak to the Chelsea hierarchy after the game to find out “if they are happy with me or not”, but Ex-Blues defender Frank Sinclair is in no doubt that the Italian has done a good job at Stamford Bridge.

“When you look at Sarri’s remit this season, I think initially it would have been finish in a Champions League spot and then can you win some trophies,” Sinclair, who represented the club between 1990 and 1998, told Press Association Sport.

“That’s what Chelsea have been about the last 20 years or so, winning trophies.

“If Sarri finishes with a win in the Europa League on top of getting a Champions League spot, I don’t think he’s had a bad season.

“He’s made mistakes along the way, which he’d probably admit to himself, but generally I feel he should stay and carry on with the job.

“He’s been in the country a full season now and I think he would have learned a lot from it.”

Sarri started his Chelsea reign with an unbeaten 18-game run in all competitions before a dramatic loss of form, including 4-0 and 6-0 thrashings to Bournemouth and Manchester City, saw them slip down the Premier League table.

Chelsea, however, recovered to finish third, albeit 26 points behind champions City, and qualify for next season’s Champions League.

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