As we have seen over the Roman Abramovic era, managers have not been given sufficient time, particularly when it comes to changing the defensive philosophy Chelsea possess.
Andre Villas Boas lasted just until March of the next year after being tasked with implementing a more attacking style of play to the side.
This happened after transfer targets were not met, which is something that is now the norm in most windows it seems, evidently last summer after the last managerial casualty, Antonio Conte had a public feud with the Chelsea hierarchy with regards to transfers. With only eight days left of the transfer window and only two signings made, one of those being a third choice goalkeeper, it seems another transfer window has proved somewhat unsuccessful.
Early pre-season performances seem promising. However, with the whole squad not being at Sarri’s disposal, it is difficult to predict how well, and how quickly, the team can implement the style of the manager onto the pitch. If Chelsea are seeking long term change to the playing style, time will need to be given to Sarri, or they risk going down the same path of having constant uncertain futures.
Written by Daud Yusuf.