Chelsea Eye Surprise Candidate As Sarri’s Replacement

sarri at stamford bridge

Chelsea have lined up Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo as a possible successor to Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are still in the hunt for the final Champions League spot and winning the Europa League is a distinct possibility, but the club's hierarchy are not certain that Sarri is the right man to continue leading the squad long-term.

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The Daily Star reports that the man in charge at Molineux – Nuno Espirito Santo – has been identified as a surprise candidate to replace Sarri at Stamford Bridge this summer.

Sarri has already owned up he is not sure he will be retained by Chelsea beyond the end of the current season and after another impressive Wolves performance, the Portuguese coach has moved firmly into the frame.

Santo has steered Wolves into the top half of the Premier League table in their first campaign back in the top flight while playing an expansive, attack-minded style of football which has been widely praised.

Chelsea officials have been very impressed by Santo and the prospect of the club making an official approach for his services later in the year is increasing with each passing week.

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Sarri's reign at Stamford Bridge is not yet guaranteed to come to a premature end, but much will depend on how strongly Chelsea can finish their season over the next couple of months.

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