- Maurizio Sarri was sacked as coach of Napoli last season
- The new Chelsea boss said he saw the news on television
- Carlo Ancelloti was appointed new manager of the Serie A side
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed he got to know he was sacked by Napoli on the news on television.
The 59-year-old took over as new Blues manager this summer following an impressive spell with the Serie A side.
Sarri secured Napoli's highest points ever last season, only to see his side lose out on the title to a Juventus who won their eight Scudetto on the bounce.
The Italian manager asked for some time to consider his future but Napoli chose to hire Carlo Ancelotti as his replacement.
Then, after a lingering legal dispute the ex-Empoli boss was eventually released from the final two years of his contract, freeing him up to move to the Premier League.
"It's true, I found out that I wasn't the Napoli coach anymore by seeing it on television,' he told Il Mattino newspaper.
"I had some doubts, that's fair, but there was a clause in the contract and it wasn't something I had asked for. It was not respected in the timing. Now I hope that Ancelotti can achieve what I came so close to."
Despite coming under criticisms by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis in recent times, Sarri claims he is 'grateful, because he gave me the opportunity to be coach of Napoli.'
Meanwhile, former Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, was another figure who clashed with the club's outspoken president.
The Argentine left the club to Juventus in 2016, much to the fury of many Napoli fans. But Sarri insisted: "Higuain isn't a traitor and didn't betray anyone. His problem was purely with the president."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said he was contemplating to quit smoking after watching his side secure a second straight win.
The Italian manager was craving a cigarette at the half-time whistle as Chelsea gave away a two-goal lead in the first half of Saturday’s 3-2 win over Arsenal.
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