Chelsea have announced the departure of Europa league winning manager Maurizio Sarri after just one season.
In a statement on the club’s offifial website, Chelsea Sporting director, Marina Gravinolskova said, :
“In talks we had following the Europa League final, Maurizio made it clear how strongly he desired to return to his native country, explaining that his reasons for wanting to return to work in Italy were significant.”
“He also believed it important to be nearer his family, and for the well-being of his elderly parents he felt he needed to live closer to them at this point.”
“Maurizio leaves Chelsea with thanks from us all for the work he and his assistants did during the season he spent as our head coach, and for winning the Europa League, guiding us to another cup final and a third-place finish in the Premier League.”
“We would also like to congratulate him on securing the role as big as any in Serie A and to wish him the best of luck for the future.”
Sarri joined Chelsea in the summer of 2018 from Napoli, taking over from fellow compatriot Antonio Conte.
He endured a very challenging season that ultimately finished in success as he guided Chelsea to a 3rd place finish and a Europa League title.
His fortunes with the club and his style of play caused a divide among several Chelsea fans with some singing some vile chants in thw unimpressive 2-1 win over Cardiff in April.
He now leaves to join the Italian champions and hopes to help them clinch the UEFA Champions league that has skipped them for all these years.