Chelsea’s hierarchy are unhappy with Maurizio Sarri over his treatment of Callum Hudson-Odoi and his decision to publicly criticise his players on several occasions this season.
The Italian is under pressure after Chelsea suffered their heaviest league defeat in 23 years with the 4-0 loss away to Bournemouth on Wednesday evening.
After an impressive start at Stamford Bridge in which the team went 18 games unbeaten, Chelsea’s form has dipped and the club are in danger of missing out on a top-four finish in the Premier League.
According to The Times, Sarri will be given time to turn things around but there is growing unease at some of the 60-year-old’s methods both on and off the pitch.
The report claims that Sarri’s decision to sparingly utilise Callum Hudson-Odoi in the first half of the season has made Chelsea’s hierarchy unhappy.
The 18-year-old was one of Chelsea’s best players during their pre-season campaign but then went on to make only five first-team appearances until the end of December.
Chelsea are desperate to fend off interest from Bayern Munich and get Hudson-Odoi to commit to a new deal, but the winger is keen to join the Bundesliga champions and handed in a transfer request last week.
Chelsea’s board are also said to be unhappy with Sarri’s decision to criticise his player in public after their negative results.
Following the defeat to Bournemouth, Sarri went as far as to claim that his players had not even learnt the basics of his style of play.
‘We are struggling, above all mentally. We had assumed that we learned a certain style of football, but the truth is we never did learn it and are paying the consequences,’ Sarri told Sky Sport Italia.
‘It was a good first half, but we conceded after the restart and then stopped being a team. We stopped attacking or defending as a team, we did everything individually.
‘I don’t understand why that happened, because we had 45 minutes to go and could comfortably have turned the situation around if we’d kept our focus.
‘Every now and then this team reacts in a way I cannot decipher, so that creates some uncertainty.
‘Perhaps some of the steps were inevitable, but we need to understand why we have these mental black-outs and what we can do to stop them.’