Sarri should NOT be axed by Chelsea ‘as Emery isn’t under pressure’, says Wise

DENNIS WISE has pleaded with Roman Abramovich to grant Maurizio Sarri a stay of execution.

The under-fire Italian kept hold of his job after beating Malmo and now has the chance of lifting a trophy in his first season in England.

Maurizio Sarri should not be sacked, says Chelsea legend Dennis Wise
Maurizio Sarri should not be sacked, says Chelsea legend Dennis Wise
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While Chelsea fans remain unconvinced by Sarri-ball, club legend Wise sees no logic in cutting short his project before he has had a real chance to implement his style.

The former Blues skipper said: “I really don’t think getting rid of him after just seven months would be the right thing to do.

“He has to be allowed a period of time. They have a chance on making the top four and are in the last-16 of the Europa League and final of the Carabao Cup.

“We all talk about Mauricio Pochettino building a team to this level but he’s in his fifth season and hasn’t won any trophies.

Dennis Wise is urging Roman Abramovich to be patient with Sarri
Dennis Wise is urging Roman Abramovich to be patient with Sarri

“Look at Unai Emery at Arsenal. He’s been there the same amount of time as Sarri but he’s the one under pressure despite being on the same points as them.

“He hasn’t been given enough time and I think the club understand that. The stubbornness Sarri has shown got him the job but it could also get him out of the job.

“But you won’t see Pep changing and it took him time when he first arrived. And Sarri has a better win rate in all competitions compared to him.

Wise also had a pop at pundits who have been calling for the Italian’s head, accusing the likes of Chris Sutton of saying controversial things to stay relevant.

Quest’s Carabao Cup expert added: “Some of them have reasons for saying what they do.

“Chris Sutton came out saying that Chelsea should sack Sarri. But you can go back to Chris’ time as a manager at Lincoln where he had 50 games and a 28 per cent win record.

“He knows how difficult it is but he wants to be a pundit so says something controversial. It’s not called for.”

Callum Hudson-Odoi made a rare start for Chelsea against Malmo and put his name in the frame for a starting spot tomorrow.

The youngster’s future is up in the air after he failed to get his move to Bayern Munich in January.

But Wise urged Hudson-Odoi, 18, to bide his time at Chelsea and take a leaf out of Phil Foden’s book.

Wise reckons Sarri shouldn't be under pressure, as Emery isn't at Arsenal
Wise reckons Sarri shouldn’t be under pressure, as Emery isn’t at Arsenal

He said: “He just needs to be a little bit patient. The Premier League is the best league in the world.

“It’s probably the agent who wants him to go, pushing that scenario so he gets a payday.

“It’s so winning-orientated that a lot of big teams don’t want to take a chance.

“Phil Foden is a prime example. He hasn’t played many games but has signed a new contract because in time you will get your opportunity to play.

“It’s about being a little bit patient. I really wouldn’t want him to go and he will get his opportunity.”

Foden came through City’s academy, and although unlikely to start tomorrow he is on the cusp of the first-team.

Maurizio Sarri is under increasing pressure at Chelsea this season
Maurizio Sarri is under increasing pressure at Chelsea this season

Michael Brown, the former Sheffield United and Spurs midfielder, also came through the ranks at City and broke into the first-team in the late 1990s.

And despite praising Guardiola for his handling of the young midfielder, he insisted that next season must be the one where Foden, 18, finally cements his place.

Quest’s fellow Carabao Cup expert said: “Foden is getting minutes when he can, always getting a taste of it.

“Pep is able to say ‘sit out this week but we’ll get you 20 minutes here’ etc. Luckily their draws in the Cup have helped and he is getting the minutes he needs to progress.

“But he has to come through next year and play a lot more minutes.”

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