Maurizio Sarri decided he would leave Chelsea after fans chanted ‘f**k Sarri-ball’ during the Premier League clash with Cardiff City, according to reports.
Italian manager Sarri looks set to depart from Stamford Bridge after just one season and is in talks to join Serie A champions Juventus.
Sarri led Chelsea to Europa League glory and a third-place finish in the Premier League last season but struggled to win over Blues’ fans after arriving from Napoli.
The frustration towards Sarri came to a head in March during Chelsea’s match with Cardiff in the Welsh capital.
With the team trailing relegation-battlers Cardiff 1-0, a large section of the Chelsea fans chanted ‘f**k Sarri-ball’ and ‘We want Sarri out’.
Their anger quickly turned to relief as Chelsea scored two late goals to clinch a 2-1 victory, but the incident stuck in the memory of Sarri.
And, according to The Sun, this was the final straw for Sarri who decided then that he wanted to leave Stamford Bridge.
One of the leading candidates to replace Sarri is club legend Frank Lampard, who took Derby County to the Championship play-off final last season.
Another club legend, Didier Drogba, believes Lampard is a ‘very good option’ for Chelsea as they prepare for Sarri’s exit.
‘I think it is a very good option for the club,’ the Ivory Coast hero said. ‘He has done well with Derby, taking the team to the play-off final.’
Asked whether Lampard had enough experience to manage a club like Chelsea, Drogba added: ‘So he is never going to be ready, then? Does he have to wait until he is 50 to be ready?
‘I think it depends on your experience and depends on your desire to succeed and do it. If he feels ready I don’t think it is too early.’