Chelsea ready to replace Maurizio Sarri with EPL manager

Chelsea are making contingency plans if Maurizio Sarri is sacked and have identified Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo as a possible replacement.

Maurizio Sarri has come under increasing pressure in recent months with fans losing interest in his style of football and questioning his tactical decisions during the recent FA Cup loss to Manchester United.

Chants of ‘f*** Sarri-ball’ rang out around the stadium in that particular game and there have been reports that some supporters are planning to boycott the club’s final home fixtures of the campaign in protest against the Italian boss.

The disillusionment amongst sections of the support has concerned the club’s board as have recent results which have seen the Blues slide out of the top-four.

As a result, they are plotting their next managerial move and drawing up a list of replacements.

Near the top of that shortlist is Nuno Espirito Santo, who has attracted plenty of praise for his job since taking charge of Wolves back in 2017. After steering the side to promotion from the second tier in his first campaign, Nuno now has them seventh in the Premier League and in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

Wolves have also taken four points off Maurizio Sarri’s team in the league this season, beating them 2-1 at Molineux in December before drawing 1-1 at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.

According to the Sun, the Blues had set their sights on Zinedine Zidane before Frenchman re-joining Real Madrid last week while they are also understood to be considering a move for Frank Lampard who is currently managing Derby County.