MAURIZIO SARRI will be sacked at the end of the season as manager of Chelsea.
That’s according to former Arsenal winger Perry Groves, who believes the pressure is mounting at Stamford Bridge.
The arrival of Gonzalo Higuain appeared to lift spirits as Chelsea beat Tottenham on penalties in the Carabao Cup before overcoming Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup.
But his first ever taste of Premier League action was an evening to forget as the Blues went down 4-0 at Bournemouth on Wednesday night.
After the game, Sarri reportedly locked in players in the dressing room and threw his backroom staff out while he let rip at his players for over an hour.
It was the club’s heaviest defeat in the league since 1996 and their recent poor form has opened the door to Manchester United and Arsenal to secure a top four finish ahead of them.
When Sarri was appointed, there was optimism that he would be able to embed a similar style of the attractive, attacking football that we saw from his Napoli side.
But it just hasn’t happened and Groves thinks the Italian will not make it beyond this season at Stamford Bridge.
“I can’t see Chelsea coming in the top four and if you don’t come in the top four, you’ll be gone,” he told talkSPORT’s Jim White.
“After all the kafuffle with Antonio Conte and the board, upsetting everybody and questioning the transfer policy, and with Jose Mourinho upsetting everybody before that, Sarri was brought in to just calm everything down and make it a little bit more serene – but you still have to win games.
“With a manager there’s a difference between having the courage of your convictions and being stubborn, being obstinate – now he’s doing that and the players aren’t having him.
“It’s really that simple. They’re not having him, and he even said in the second half [against Bournemouth] the players weren’t implementing his ideas. He didn’t change his system and the players are thinking, ‘you’ve got to do something here, try something different’. As a manager you’ve got to change it.
“For him to say he can’t motivate his players… players should always motivate themselves, and even if they don’t like the manager or the system, they should always give 100 per cent.
“But they don’t believe in him.
“The difference between him and Eddie Howe is the Bournemouth players, all of them, buy into what he’s trying to do.
“But at Chelsea that isn’t happening, they’re not having him, they’re not buying into him.”
Chelsea will be hoping to return to winning ways when they host bottom of the table Huddersfield on Saturday.