WHEN Maurizio Sarri finally gets installed as Chelsea manager he faces a daunting task turning around a club in disarray.
Sarri has earned a reputation as a football maverick while working in Italy – a no nonsense boss imposing his own style on a squad.
Getty Images – Getty Maurizio Sarri faces a major task when he walks into the dysfunctional football club that is Chelsea
But the 59-year-old is unlikely to have faced a more dysfunctional place to work than Stamford Bridge.
A previous career in banking will have set him up with experience of office politics, but he is going to need the kind of diplomatic skills which settle global conflicts if he is to sort out the mess at Chelsea.
SunSport looks at five things Italian Sarri will have to do to fix the fractured club he is about to inherit.
Heal the dressing room rifts
By the time last season ended, the players were barely even trying to conceal the breakdown that exists between squad and management.
PA:Press Association The Chelsea players lost faith with their manager last season, and are also unhappy with the the direction the club has been heading Antonio Conte has been sacked by Chelsea as they look to Maurizio Sarri to be replacement manager
No sooner had they lifted the FA Cup by beating Manchester United, senior players like Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard were giving interviews which revealed the dislike of the way the team were being asked to play.
Willian even posted a picture of the side celebrating their Wembley success but covered the figure of Conte with a series of emojis.
Antonio Conte spent a season berating a lack of quality signings, an approach which left players feeling that their ability was being questioned at the top.
But the haphazard approach to transfers also left the squad questioning whether they were at a club serious about competing for the major trophies domestically and in Europe.
The way the confusion over the managerial situation has been allowed to roll on into pre-season has also unsettled the players who just want certainty and an environment that allows them to flourish.
Getty Images – Getty Antonio Conte fostered an atmosphere which has left many of the squad at Chelsea frustrated
Sarri needs to understand coming in with a dictatorial approach from the start could strike the wrong chord – he will have to listen to their frustrations and impose his own methods in a manner which doesn’t isolate them further.
Convince Eden Hazard to stay
As if there was any doubt. Hazard’s performances at Russia 2018 have proved he is up there as one of the very best players in world football.
The wide man is Chelsea’s talisman for the players and supporters and keeping him at Stamford Bridge should be the number one priority.