During the trashing by Manchester City, Sarri had that haunted look, once worn by predecessors such as Luiz Felipe Scolari and Andre Villas-Boas. What does the heaviest defeat since the 7-0 loss at Nottingham Forest in April 1991 mean for the future of Chelsea’s 13th manager since Roman Abramovich’s acquisition of the London club in 2003?
“My job is always at risk,” was Sarri’s cool response when this question came up at the press meeting after the disastrous match.
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The managerial sack race is one of the phenomena that make the Premier League so exciting. Watching the frustration grow along the sideline, and speculate when the time for this tormented manager will come.
Time is what Sarri needs. Like Pep Gardiola and Jürgen Klopp, he wants to build a team that plays his kind of football, and he has warned the fans more than once that this cannot happen overnight. But will Abramovich give him this time? The Russian-Israeli billionaire is not known for his patience. He wants quick results and big prizes, and if a manager cannot provide these, well… there are always others interested in the job. Chelsea have now lost their last three away Premier League games, conceding 12 goals and scoring none. Sarri admits his job is on the line but insists that any questions about his future should be aimed at the Chelsea board. “If the president calls, I’ll be happy, seeing as I never hear from him,” he told reporters in a recent interview. “To be honest, I don’t know what to expect.”