Maurizio Sarri reveals the reasons behind his departure from Napoli

Sarri is unbeaten in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)

Maurizio Sarri has claimed that he only found out he was leaving Napoli when he saw his successor Carlo Ancelotti paraded on club chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis’ TV channel.

Napoli fell agonisingly short of the Serie A title during Sarri’s final season in charge, finishing four points behind Juventus in 2nd after leading for much of the campaign.

Rather than build on what he had achieved, Sarri left Napoli after three years at the helm in order to join Chelsea but only after a contract dispute between him and the Italian club had been resolved.

Ancelotti replaced Sarri as Napoli boss (Picture: Getty)

Sarri has admitted that he wasn’t happy when he found out Ancelotti had replaced him but says that he is enjoying a new challenge with Chelsea in the Premier League.

‘I was having dinner with Cristiano Giuntoli’s [Napoli sporting director] assistant and we were debating whether I should have stayed or not,’ Sarri said.

‘We turned on the television right in the second when Ancelotti was walking in Filmauro [president Aurelio De Laurentiis’ film studio]. I wasn’t happy.

‘But now I have Chelsea and I’m happy. Here it’s a party, it’s a pleasure to arrive at the stadium and see supporters wearing different shirts having a beer together.’

After overseeing one of Napoli’s most successful seasons in the modern era, Sarri admits that he was surprised that he couldn’t continue his work into this campaign.

Despite falling out with the notoriously demanding De Laurentiis at the end of his tenure, though, Sarri remains indebted to him for giving him the chance to manage his boyhood club.

‘I don’t know why I’m not still at Napoli. There were motives for me to stay there, but also a few doubts.

“The president pretended to sign a contract with a buy-out clause expiring on May 31, but they signed Ancelotti on May 21.

Sarri with De Laurentiis in Naples (Picture: Getty)

“I didn’t want that clause, and they didn’t respect the timings. But I’m grateful to De Laurentiis, because he gave me the opportunity to coach the team I have in my heart.’

Due to issues surrounding his contract at Napoli as well as the time it took for Chelsea to dismiss Antonio Conte, Sarri wasn’t unveiled at Stamford Bridge until a few weeks before the season started.

Despite that he has quickly got his message across to his new players with Chelsea winning all four of their opening Premier League fixtures.

Interestingly, Ancelotti also set that record during his time with the Blues in 2009-10 and Chelsea went on to win the league as well as the FA Cup that year.


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