Abramovich is ready to sack Maurizio Sarri after Chelsea’s Europa League final against Arsenal, according to reports in Italy.
In his first season in England, Sarri guided Chelsea to third in the Premier League but after losing to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final, the Italian still has the chance to win silverware if his side beat Arsenal in Baku on May 29.
Sarri will still have two years left on his contract with Chelsea this summer after joining from Napoli last year.
But according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Roman Ambramovich is ready cut short the 60-year-old’s time at Stamford Bridge.
The report claims that Abramovich’s decision is not based on Chelsea’s achievements this season but are centered around Sarri’s poor relationship with the club’s fans.
During several Chelsea matches this season, Sarri’s decisions regarding substitutions have been booed, while fans chanted ‘f*** Sarri-ball’ during the team’s 2-1 win away to Cardiff City on March 31.
It’s also claimed that Sarri is “not loved” by Ambramovich and the Italian’s decision to openly criticise the club’s post-season friendly against New England Revolution in the United States has not gone down well with Chelsea’s hierarchy.
Abramovich played an integral role in setting up the friendly with New England Revolution owner Robert Kraft with the proceeds of the match going towards 15 organisations that tackle antisemitism.
But Sarri has questioned the timing of the fixture, which takes place on Wednesday evening at the Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts, and has suggested that the game interrupts his side’s preparation for the Europa League final against Arsenal on May 29. Sarri, meanwhile, admitted after Chelsea’s goalless draw with Leicester City on Sunday that he is uncertain about his future, despite meeting the club’s season target of securing a Champions League place.
Asked if he will be at Stamford Bridge next season, Sarri replied: “I think so, but I am not sure.
“I can say only that the club asked me for the Champions League, and we reached the target. ‘
“As you know very well, I love English football. I love the Premier League; it’s fantastic and the level is the best in the world, I think.
“The atmosphere in the stadiums is wonderful. I would like very much to stay here.”