Blues legend, Tony Dorigo believes Maurizio Sarri is in danger of being sacked by Chelsea unless he starts picking up key results, reports standard.co.uk.
Sarri is under increasing pressure after Chelsea’s 0-2 defeat at Everton on Sunday – a result which damaged their hopes of a Premier League top-four finish.
Chelsea have picked up one point from their last two League games, and now sit three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal in the race for Champions League qualification.
Italian coach Sarri was under fire earlier this season after heavy away defeats to Bournemouth (4-0) and Manchester City (6-0), with club officials holding high-level talks regarding his future.
Sarri remained in his role, and a fine home win over Tottenham and a strong EFL Cup final performance against Man City – despite an eventual penalty shootout defeat – suggested the Blues had turned a corner.
Chelsea’s confident progress to the Europa League has also boosted Sarri, but the recent 1-1 home draw with Wolves and the latest loss at Everton have again led to questions over the 60-year-old’s future in west London.
Asked whether Sarri was set for the sack, Dorigo – who made 146 appearances for Chelsea between 1987 and 1991 – told Love Sport Radio:
“When Maurizio Sarri came, I looked at what he did at Napoli and Empoli. The style was fantastic.
“Obviously the Premier League is different but even so you saw certain parts of Chelsea coming together and then it all fell apart again. It’s about results.
“You’ve got to get them. Do Chelsea deserve to be in the top couple? Probably not. But after that they really should be knocking on that door.
“They are just dropping off the pace and what we know about the owner [Roman Abramovich] is that he does not suffer fools gladly. When he thinks the time is right, they are gone. He’s hanging on by a thread.
“Because of the transfer ban and what Sarri is trying to do, will the owner believe in the style and beliefs of Maurizio Sarri?
“The only way he’s going to do that is if he wins things and there is one chance left. The Europa League is so, so important.”
Sarri admitted he was concerned by Chelsea’s mentality after the defeat on Merseyside, questioning how his team could follow a promising opening 45 minutes with such a disappointing second-half showing.