Maurizio Sarri might finally be in the last stretch of becoming Chelsea’s new head coach with it becoming increasingly likely that he will take over the role at Stamford Bridge this summer.
It has been a managerial saga that has dragged on for more than a month with Conte being linked with an exit from the Blues ever since the 1-0 FA Cup final win over Manchester United back in May.
But with a new manager comes a whole new change of staff as well, while Roman Abramovich will have to pay out Conte’s staff as well as the manager himself.
Sarri will no doubt want to bring in his own staff as well, which could include Gianfranco Zola.
Gianfranco Zola – assistant coach
Blues legend Zola has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge this summer to become Sarri’s assistant coach and the move is something that would certainly go down well with Chelsea supporters.
Zola is preparing for Sarri to take charge, but there has not yet been an agreement with him to come into the role.
“It has to be said that Conte has done an impressive job at Chelsea,” Zola told Calciomercato.
“I would hope that, should Sarri move to London, they will let him do his job, which means planning and organisation leading to constant improvement in the players.
“I hope he can achieve the same results as previously; it’s certainly a very different challenge and a different situation compared to where he’s been before, but one with lots of advantages. We’re talking about an exceptionally quality coach, who will have the chance of doing a great job.”
Francesco Calzona – assistant coach
Calzona was Sarri’s assistant coach at Empoli and then moved across with him in 2015 to Napoli.
If the Sarri move does finally get over the line then it appears that Calzona could move with him, as Carlo Ancelotti has brought over his son, Davide, to work with him.
When Sarri has been suspended for games, it has been Calzona who has stepped into the role and he is a trusted advisor of Sarri, even if Zola does come in.
Massimo Nenci – goalkeeper coach
Nenci is another member of the Napoli backroom staff that joined Sarri when he made the move over from Empoli.
Gianluca Spinelli is one of the staff in Conte’s current team that would most likely be replaced as well, so it would make sense for Nenci to move over with him to England.