Gary Neville reckons Maurizio Sarri's sacking at Chelsea is 'inevitable' in next 18 months

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Maurizio Sarri hit the headlines this weekend after launching an explosive post-game rant at his own Chelsea team. 

The Blues were beaten 2-0 by Arsenal at the Emirates, thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny. 

In truth, the scoreline could have been a lot worse, as the visitors were outplayed from the first whistle. 

After the match, Sarri hit out at his players by questioning their mentality in big games. 

"I’m extremely angry, very angry indeed. This defeat was due to our mentality. I can’t accept it," he said in his post-match press conference.

"We had a similar issue against Tottenham in the league. It appears this group of players are extremely difficult to motivate.

"These players don't have a ferocity, it's the type of players they are. This is a team that's never going to be known for its battling qualities."


Since making these comments, Sarri himself has been criticised for the way he's decided to deal with his players.

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Many, including pundits like Rio Ferdinand and Alan Shearer, think that he's made the situation worse by embarrassing the players in public, rather than speaking to them behind closed doors.

They've suggested that the dressing room could now turn on the Italian tactician after his comments, and that there will be a lot of players talking behind his back.  

But, Gary Neville believes Sarri was right to challenge his team the way he did and praised the manager for calling it as he sees it - because of the nature of Chelsea as a club.  

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"(Maurizio) Sarri knows he's going to get sacked at some point in the next 18 months or two years, that's inevitable at Chelsea," Neville said on his Sky Sports podcast, per the Daily Mail.

"He may as well call it how he sees it in the first six months when he's got a little bit of control. It's just a dressing room which can turn it on and off like a tap, it's been able to do that for years.

"Sarri has probably thought he's an experienced guy, he's been around the block, and thinks he doesn't need to take it." 

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Chelsea players do have a history of turning on their managers - it happened to Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte before they were dismissed by Roman Abramovich. 

And according to Neville, it's 'inevitable' that Sarri will be sacked soon enough, so he might as well go to war with his players, and see who comes out on top.  

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