“At the time I chose a job which was the only one I would have done for free. I have been a player and coach for absolutely ages. I didn’t just stumble into this profession. Some people still call me ‘the former office worker’, as if it were some sort of crime to have had another type of job.”
This is what Maurizio Sarri has to say about himself, looking back on a unique career path that took him from some of the most prestigious financial centres in Europe to the Chelsea FC bench, following a glorious 3 years at SSC Napoli. It is quite unusual to put in your first appearance in ‘Serie A’ at the ripe old age of 55, and within just a year find yourself on the SSC Napoli bench without a footballing career behind you like that of Guardiola, Mancini, Ancelotti or Zidane, but more akin to Mourinho or Sacchi, a comparision which incidentally does not displease Sarri. Add that to finding yourself having to recreate a dream which is almost an imperative: to revive the times of Diego Armando Maradona’s epic heyday. All of this without even remotely imagining that, after a glorious three years under mount Vesuvius, the future would have taken him not only to the UK , but to lead Chelsea F.C. no less.