Maurizio Sarri new favourite for Tottenham job: What’s his current contract situation with Juventus?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 22 April 2021, 10:34

Tottenham are believed to have set their sights on another former Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, who has subsequently been installed as the new favourite to replace Jose Mourinho.

Below, we take a look at the latest goings-on in Spurs’ hunt for a new boss, Sarri’s contract situation at Juventus, his links to other teams, and what happened the last time he managed in the Premier League.

What’s the latest on Tottenham’s manager search?

Ryan Mason, now officially the youngest ever Premier League manager, got off to a winning start to life as interim boss as Tottenham came back from a goal down to beat Southampton 2-1. The 29-year-old’s next match is the small matter of a League Cup final against Pep Guardiola’s Man City, then he has five more league games in which to attempt to secure a top-four finish.

Mason is available at 12/1 for the permanent job, but it’s Sarri who now leads the way in the betting ahead of the likes of Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers. However, with RB Leipzig manager Nagelsmann being hotly linked to Bayern Munich, Spurs may struggle to tempt him over to London, whereas Rodgers has reiterated his desire to stay at Leicester.

Meanwhile, Marcelino has been cut from 40/1 to 14/1 after The Athletic reported that the Athletic Bilbao boss had been contacted by Spurs, while Belgium’s Roberto Martinez is reportedly on Daniel Levy’s radar, and Erik ten Hag’s odds have today (Thursday) been cut from 33/1 to 8/1- you can read more about the contenders here.

What’s Sarri’s contract situation at Juventus?

In the summer of 2019, Sarri left Chelsea after a single season in order to return to Italy. He signed a three-year deal with Juventus, and went on to lift the league title. He lost on penalties to former club Napoli in the Coppa Italia final and suffered a Champions League exit at the hands of Lyon.

The Italian was then rather harshly sacked after one year in Turin, as the Old Lady handed rookie Andrea Pirlo the job just days after he had been named U23s manager.

Sarri may have been axed but he’s still contracted to Juventus to 2022, which means that his contract will need to be terminated in order for the manager to return to work this summer.

Should Tottenham wish to acquire Sarri’s services they must therefore pay out what remains on Sarri’s contract; Italian outlet Football Italia has reported that Spurs have already contacted Sarri’s representative Fali Ramadani following Mourinho’s exit.

With a year left on the contract, alternatively there’s a clause which allows Juventus to terminate it but only if they pay Sarri £2.2m compensation before the end of April, as reported by the same outlet.


Maurizio Sarri is the new favourite for the Tottenham job

Are any other teams after Sarri?

Roma are through to the Europa League semi-finals under coach Paulo Fonseca, although domestically they have been cut adrift in Serie A, with the club 10 points off the top-four in 7th.

The contract of Fonseca, who has reportedly caught the attention of Crystal Palace, expires in the summer leading to suggestions that Roma may not exercise the option for a year’s extension. There have been whispers that Sarri could come in.

There are also rumours that Sarri could return to Napoli, given that the future of boss Gennaro Gattuso is up in the air. 

Fiorentina is also believed to be a possible next destination for the former banker.

What happened the last time Sarri managed in the Premier League?

There was a buzz of excitement around Stamford Bridge when Sarri replaced fellow Italian Antonio Conte in the summer of 2018. He may not have had any silverware on his CV, but the dazzling football employed by the attack-minded coach at free-scoring Napoli had been a major factor behind his appointment at Chelsea.

Sarri enjoyed a record-breaking start after he went 12 Premier League matches unbeaten. He’d go on to lead Chelsea to Europa League glory, secured a top-four finish (3rd), and finished runners-up to Man City in the League Cup.

However, he was never able to implement the entertaining brand of football which had originally caught the eye of Chelsea, who were at times pedestrian and predictable under his watch. We’ll never know if he could have built upon his opening campaign, as manager’s simply do not get time at Chelsea. Afterall, Pep Guardiola needed a year to adjust to life in the Premier League.

If Spurs do appoint the former Blues boss, they’ll be investing in a long-term project not a quick-fix.

Who else has he managed?

At Napoli, Sarri was famed for his aforementioned sparkling style of football, while he transformed the club into Serie A title contenders; they finished runners-up in two of his three seasons in charge.

Prior to life in Naples, Sarri managed a whole host of lower league sides in his homeland and led Empoli into Serie A.

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