Maurizio Sarri sends open message to Chelsea FC fans

Sherman Parsons
July 21, 2018

The thing is though, we won't be seeing Sarri smoking inside Stamford Bridge because smoking was banned from all stadiums in July 2007, which obviously means the 59-year-old wouldn't be able to spark up during the 90 minutes.

Speaking to his new club's official website, Sarri said: "I am very happy to be coming to Chelsea and the Premier League".

The Italian boss was finally confirmed as the club's new manager on Saturday after the Blues parted company with Antonio Conte last week.

"During Antonio's time at the club, we won our sixth league title and eighth FA Cup".

"We wish Antonio every success in his future career".

Chelsea's 64-word statement marks the end of a protracted process.

Aurelio De Laurentiis said the transfer did not depend on whether or not outgoing Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri finalised terms to take over from Antonio Conte at Chelsea, despite confirming the deal was close to completion. The differences proved to be irreconcilable.

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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.

There were also reports of friction with the players.

The former Partenopei coach also apologised earlier this year for taking exception to a female reporter's question at a post-match press conference and replying: "You're a woman, you're pretty, for those two reasons I won't tell you to piss off". "Thank you for everything boss". It wasn't easy for me to convince you in the beginning but in the end I hope I did you proud!

Conte led Chelsea to the 2016-17 Premier League title in his first season as boss, reviving the side from a 10th-placed finish the previous campaign.

Chelsea beat Manchester United on May 19 for Conte's second trophy of the spell, after which he said he was a "serial winner" who "can't change", citing his contract as he answered speculation it would be his final match in charge.

"He has plenty of experience in Serie A and the Champions League and we know he is relishing the chance to work in the Premier League".

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