Chelsea legend Frank Leboeuf has urged his former club to give Maurizio Sarri another season at the helm to prove his worth for the job.
The Italian has endured a topsy turvy first campaign in English football after replacing Antonio Conte at the Bridge last summer.
He had glowing recommendations from the likes of Pep Guardiola and Marco Bielsa for the Sarriball system of football he previously employed at Napoli.
Sarriball seemed to have worked wonders in the earlier parts of the campaign as Chelsea went unbeaten for the first 12 games, winning eight.
But, Chelsea’s first defeat of the season to Tottenham seemed to have inflicted deep gaping wounds on Sarri’s Philosophy as the Blues from a position of Challenging for the league, stuttered in the race for Champions League spots.
The fans turned on the Italian to a point that chants of ‘F**K Sarriball’ and ‘Sarri Out’ were heard echoing around Chelsea games, home and away.
However, It finally seems that the 60-year-old has weathered those storms as Chelsea secured a top-four finish with a win against Watford and are well placed to make it to the Europa League finals.
"I'll be amazed if Sarri is still there even if they win the Europa League."
Would it be fair to sack Sarri if they did win the Europa League? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/XyBCxS4mCc
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) May 6, 2019
Although there still are no guarantees that he’ll be in charge of Chelsea next season, Chelsea legend Frank Leboeuf believes that it wouldn’t be the right thing to do.
“I am always the kind of guy who likes to give a second chance because it was the case everywhere in England with all clubs that I saw.
“Even if they had a bad season they kept their coach because they tried to work on their abilities.”
“Now it seems that after a year, if it is not good it’s, ‘Goodbye’. – the Frenchman said
“But at the end of the day, if Chelsea win the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League then he deserves another chance.
“I didn’t agree with everything he decided, like changing N’Golo Kante for example from a holding midfield player to a midfielder on the side.
“But if you decide to get a guy because you believe he can bring something to your club, he should have more than a year to get the results.
“If he finishes well he should have another chance.”