Chelsea have announced the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as their new manager, and the Italian has signed a three-year deal at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues confirmed his arrival on Saturday
Maurizio Sarri is the new Chelsea head coach!
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 14, 2018
His appointment follows the departure of compatriot Antonio Conte on Friday.
In a statement on Chelsea’s official website, the 59-year-old said:
“I am very happy to be coming to Chelsea and the Premier League. It is an exciting new period in my career.
“I look forward to starting work and meeting the players on Monday ahead of travelling to Australia, where I will be able to get to know the squad and begin our match action.
“I hope we can provide some entertaining football for our fans, and that we will be competing for trophies at the end of the season, which is what this club deserves.”
Napoli also released a statement wishing him well;
We hope Maurizio finds, wherever he goes, that same warmth, respect and affection he enjoyed from everyone at the club and in this city. Best of luck, Maurizio! #ForzaNapoliSempre
— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) July 14, 2018
Sarri did not win any silverware with Napoli and was unable to topple Juventus from the summit of Italian football, but he collected 82, 86 and most recently 91 points in his three Serie A campaigns with them.
He was named Serie A’s manager of the season for the 2016-17 campaign, in which the Partenopei racked up 94 goals despite having sold Gonzalo Higuain to Juve the previous summer.