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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will be sacked before their next game, ex-Blues striker Chris Sutton said after their FA Cup defeat by Manchester United.
Fans booed the Italian’s substitutions during the fifth-round match, and joined in when United supporters sang “you’re getting sacked in the morning”.
“This is Maurizio Sarri’s last game at Chelsea. The Italian job is over for them,” said BBC Radio 5 live pundit Sutton after the 2-0 home defeat.
Sutton, who played for Chelsea in 1999-2000, said: “He’ll get the sack for numerous reasons – things he’s said, that he can’t motivate the players, his inability to be able to adapt and change.”
Chelsea, who are sixth in the Premier League, meet Malmo in the Europa League last-32 first leg on Thursday, and Manchester City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.
“Why risk him taking charge of a game against Manchester City?” said Sutton, speaking eight days after City beat Chelsea 6-0 in a Premier League game.
Former Napoli boss Sarri – who has never won a trophy as a manager – replaced fellow Italian Antonio Conte last summer.
Sarri has also been criticised for what are seen as predictable substitutions. Monday’s game was the sixth time in 10 matches that one of Ross Barkley or Mateo Kovacic has been substituted on for the other in the second half, with Willian and Pedro involved together in another four changes in that time.
Blues fans called for teenage winger Callum Hudson-Odoi and chanted “you don’t know what you’re doing” at Sarri when Italian right-back Davide Zappacosta instead came on for the final eight minutes.