Chelsea appoint Sarri as head coach with Gianfranco Zola as assistant

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Former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri has been appointed as the new Chelsea head coach, according to Italian news outlet Di Marzio.

Sarri reportedly joined the club on an initial two-year deal following his departure from Napoli, with the option of an additional year likely to be included.

According to Sky in Italy, Maurizio Sarri agreed a deal to become Chelsea head coach, with Gianfranco Zola as his assistant.

The 59-year-old left Naples after coming close to guiding the Serie A outfit to the Scudetto, only to miss out narrowly to Juventus at the final hurdle.

Whilst in charge of Napoli he earned plenty of plaudits for their style of play last season, something that prompted Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola to hail them as his ‘favourite team in Europe’.

The former Napoli boss was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti as Napoli manager last month but remained at the club as a compensation settlement between the 51-year-old and the Serie A club was agreed.

Sarri replaces Antonio Conte, who left the club as relationships with the players and staff behind the scenes became strained.

Conte had been heavily linked with a summer exit from Stamford Bridge after publicly criticising the club’s transfer policy, with an FA Cup victory not enough to keep him in the job.

The former Napoli boss was one of the front-runners for the job from the get-go with the Blues looking to implement a more attacking style of play next season.

Chelsea officially confirmed Antonio Conte’s sacking on Friday

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