Italian Maurizio Sarri has been named new Chelsea head coach. He moves to Stamford Bridge following a successful three-year spell in Italy.

He has signed a three-year contract with The Blues and will take over immediately the dramatic departure of Antonio Conte.

Here are things you may have not known about the new Chelsea Boss.

*Sarri was born on 10 January 1959, in the Bagnoli district of Naples, Italy.

*Sarri began his coaching career in a part-time capacity while working in the banking industry following a short spell as an amateur player.

*Sarri likes his teams to play a dynamic style of football with the focus on quick passing, even in deep positions, and ball retention, encouraging the players to be forward-thinking in their approach.

*Before Chelsea, Sarri has coached the following Italian Teams
2005–2006 Pescara
2006–2007 Arezzo
2007 Avellino
2008 Hellas Verona
2008–2009 Perugia
2010–2011 Alessandria
2011–2012 Sorrento
2012–2015 Empoli
2015-2018 Napoli

*Sarri whose Napoli side had concluded the first half of the 2016–17 season Serie A in 1st place, gained the title “Campioni d’Inverno” (“Winter Champions”) for the first time in 26 years.

*Maurizio Sarri will be the 12th Italian to manage in the Premier League , and the sixth to do so for Chelsea after Vialli, Ranieri, Ancelotti, Di Matteo and Conte.

*Sarri becomes Chelsea’s 13th permanent boss of Roman Abramovich’s ownership, which began in June 2003.

*Sarri is well known for his smoking habit, and is often seen smoking during games. In 2018, Napoli’s UEFA Europa League opponents, RB Leipzig , built a special smoking section in the locker-room area of their stadium, specifically for Sarri.

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