Opinion: Chelsea right to be letting Maurizio Sarri go as veteran gaffer nears Juventus job

Although nothing is yet official, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri remains on the verge of being announced as the new manager of Italian giants Juventus.

The 61-year-old has moved out of his home near the Blues’ training ground and back to his house in Tuscany ahead of the move which will involve £5m in compensation.

Sarri himself has revealed how much he missed his homeland in his first and likely only season in west London, and his homesickness could well be one of the biggest reasons for the move.

It certainly isn’t down to the quality of the campaign itself with his Pensioners making the Premier League top four and reaching two cup finals.

They would lose out in the Carabao Cup final two to Manchester City but beat Arsenal to lift the Europa League in Baku and finish in style, a game that appears to be going down as the Italian’s farewell.

The fact that Eden Hazard is leaving the club this summer and that the West London outfit won’t be able to sign a replacement for the next transfer windows as it stands could have also been factors.

Understandably, many members of the Stamford Bridge faithful desperately want Sarri to stay after the excellent campaign, but despite this Chelsea are set to make one of their best controversial decisions in years by letting him go.

You only need to look at some of the results in different competitions to realise that things weren’t always rosy for the club under Sarri during the campaign.

In the Premier League they were humiliated 4-0 away from home by AFC Bournemouth and on the end of a staggering 6-0 scoreline at Manchester City, as well as being comfortably beaten by London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur for example. In other seasons, these losses would have proved costly for their top-four chances.

Plus, in the FA Cup they were knocked out by a Manchester United team that was soon to look like they couldn’t defeat anyone, and suffered a degrading draw away at MOL Vidi in the Europa League.

Just look at some of the incidents with players that have erupted during his reign as well – storming out of training sessions and displays of pure disobedience from the team on the pitch.

The worst and most high-profile came at Wembley during the League Cup final when goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga point-blank refused to leave the field and be substituted while a non-authoritative Sarri was only able to powerlessly watch on.

But perhaps most important of all is the man himself and his happiness – if he’s missing home then he’s not going to be happy and that’s not going to breathe confidence into the players.

The Blues need someone who’s settled in this country and is going to take proper charge of everything at Stamford Bridge in what is going to be arguably their trickiest season in a long time.