Contribution post from @CFCDaily
Maurizio Sarri is under intense pressure from Chelsea club officials right now, and is in danger of losing his job as head coach, after a poor run of results and performances. A run that hasn’t seen Chelsea win two matches in a row since Late December and not winning three league games in a row since September. It does not look good for the former Napoli coach.
It was however, yesterday’s UEFA Youth League match against Monaco on Tuesday that has for me indicated that his overall commitment to Chelsea Football Club is not at the level at it could be. Some could claim that his focus would be on the senior matches coming up, but Sarri has yet to attend a youth game, indicating to me that he just doesn’t have the interest in developing them.
Chelsea’s under 19s went on to beat Monaco 3-1 to advance to the next stage of the Youth League, but the result wasn’t the main talking point. The talk was of the interest in the game by current and former players. There were some interesting names in attendance.
In the midst of things was Captain Gary Cahill, who’s been out of all things first team lately after been fazed out but Sarri. Vice-Captain Cesar Azpilicueta was in attendance, along with Chelsea’s Player of the Season Eden Hazard, academy graduate Ruben Loftus Cheek, and youth product Ethan Ampadu.
Someone who was very interested in the talent was former Blues coach and current England coach Steve Holland. But more noticeably was the attendance of Chelsea legend and current Aston Villa Assistant Coach John Terry, who was joined by his former Chelsea team mate Petr Cech.
Both Terry and Cech have different roles at other clubs now, but have shown more desire to watch the upcoming Chelsea Academy than the current senior coaching staff at the club right now. For me, it really doesn’t look good on Sarri, taking into account as well his choosing to ignore one of the best young talents in English football right now, Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Obviously Sarri can’t attend every youth game played at Cobham, but the fact is not once has he attended a youth game this season, which gives the impression he doesn’t have an interest in using one of the best academies in Europe, and the best in the country.
How can he honestly be setting a foundation for a long term plan considering our wingers are getting older, and Hudson-Odoi isn’t getting any closer to getting any more game time on a consistent basis?
So if the rumours are true of him being sacked in the coming days/weeks, it’s justified in my opinion. Results wise its been embarrassing, as has his stubbornness to ignore youth players or rotate. He has said on many occasions he can’t ‘motivate’ his players, but is still continuing to persist and not play players who want to fight for the shirt. Its beyond belief for me.
It’s worth noting right now also, that previous managers such as Antonio Conte and José Mourinho used to attend academy matches in person, not just in the form of their assistant coaches either.
Written by CFC Daily