Sarri to join Chelsea with Zola as No 2

Sarri to join Chelsea with Zola as No 2


Maurizio Sarri has agreed a deal to become Chelsea head coach, with Gianfranco Zola as his assistant, according to Sky in Italy.

Napoli’s president revealed Sarri was close to finalising a deal to take over at Chelsea on Wednesday, two days before Antonio Conte’s sacking was confirmed by the Premier League club.

A series of misdemeanours – the most recent a 20,000 euros fine and two-game ban in January for alleged homophobic abuse of Roberto Mancini – looked to have steered the west London club away from appointing the 60-year-old.

Sarri was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti as Napoli manager last month but remained at the club as a compensation settlement between the 51-year-old and the Serie A club was agreed.

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