In an interesting chain of events, Serie A Club Napoli now have 2 Managers on their Payroll. On May 23rd, 2018 Napoli signed Carlo Ancelotti as their new Manager, the deal was celebrated in Naples and why not? Managers with Ancelotti’s portfolio and experience are hard to find. But what a lot of people hadn’t noticed is that Napoli hadn’t fired Maurizio Sarri before Signing Carlo Ancelotti, So what does this mean for Sarri? Let’s break it down, shall we?  

Maurizio Sarri and Ancelotti Contracted to Napoli. What can Napoli do?

Maurizio Sarri still has one year left on his current Napoli contract and When a Manager is given the sack before the expiration of his contract the Club needs to pay a Severance Package (a Payout fee) to break the Contract and Napoli quite evidently don’t want to Sack Sarri to avoid Paying the hefty fee (Not disclosed). Napoli cannot possibly have 2 Managers on their Payroll so what are they waiting for? according to English website Standard.UK, Sarri has a 7 Million Pound release clause on his Contract and Napoli are probably waiting for Interested clubs to pay the Clause.

7 Million? Why can’t Chelsea just pay the Clause and end the saga?

Yes, 7 Million seems like a small amount of Money considering Chelsea Owner, Roman Abramovich has broken the Bank on so many occasions. What a lot of people aren’t taking into consideration is that Abramovich is not the same big spending Owner he was when he first arrived at Stamford Bridge. The Russian Billionaire has substantially reduced his spending, following 2 Divorces (2007 and 2017), redevelopment of Stamford Bridge (Could cost up to one Billion Pounds) and now an issue with his UK visa could all be contributing factors to the lack of funding. Furthermore, the Severance package Antonio Conte will receive following his potential Sack is valued at 26.7 Million Pounds (according to the Daily Mail). That’s 32 Million Pounds in total to get a new manager, seems a little hefty, doesn’t it?

So Where does all of this leave us? 

Antonio Conte certainly has no Future at Chelsea and now all we have to do is Wait and Watch. Either Abramovich can pay both, Conte and Sarri’s clauses or he needs to look for alternatives quickly.


  1. Nice article, very informative!

    I think the best way for Chelsea and Conte in the short term is to stay together until they both have better options but it will be interesting to see what happens.

    • Hey Cristopher, glad you liked it! I totally agree, Conte is a very competent Manager and maybe giving him the additional 32 million for Transfers instead of spending it on payout clauses would suit the club better. But it is Roman Abramovich we’re talking about, the man is impulsive, anything can happen.

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