Maurizio Sarri has said he would rather quit Chelsea if the club base their decision on his future exclusively on the result of the Europa League final. After making an excellent start to life in England, the Italian's reign looked to be going off the rails at a point, but he has managed to recover strongly, leading Chelsea to a third-place finish in the Premier League, along with the finals of the Carabao Cup and the UEFA Europa League.
Sarri and Pochettino will feature in upcoming European finals, with Chelsea to face Arsenal in the Europa League decider (May 29) and Tottenham set to meet Liverpool in the Champions League (June 1) showpiece.
"You can not [do] 10 months of work, and then I have to play everything in 90 minutes?"
This dramatic revelation comes just days after it was announced that Max Allegri would be departing Juventus after five years in charge, with Allegri subsequently linked with the job at Stamford Bridge and Sarri then linked with a move to Turin. "You're either happy about my work or you're not happy".
Another Chelsea legend and current assistant manager, Gianfranco Zola, is a 14/1 (+1400) outsider to land the role, but bettors appear to be latching onto the other Blues legend - Lampard - to be named the club's next manager.
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He explained: "This season is a good season, of course, if we win the Europa League it will become a wonderful season".
Allegri, who won the Italian Double four times as Juve boss, said: "I am not particularly looking for a year off".
Blues fans are becoming increasingly frustrated at Sarri's stubborn refusal to adapt his gameplay and the return of "Super Frank" would delight the home crowd.