Maurizio Sarri an Italian football manager that is the current manager of Premier League side Chelsea FC. An amateur central defender, Sarri may not have made an impression as a player however he has excelled as a manager to become one of the most prestigious managers in the world leading to his appointment at Stamford Bridge.
Sarri incredibly worked as a banker alongside his appointment as a coach in his early managerial days, quite staggering considering his stature within the game in todays day and age. A passionate leader who was prolific at Napoli winning various silverware and personal accolades, the current Chelsea FC manager works extensively as a football speaker across the UK where he is in great demand and attracts large audiences.
A fascinating story and emergence into the world of coaching, Sarri travelled Europe as a banker working in London, Zurich and Luxembourg where following his labour in the morning he would coach and train players in the afternoon and evening. A player that never qualified and progressed to the professional arena, it was not until the age of 40 that Maurizio Sarri transition to coaching and management full time. The extraordinary story of how he found his way to eventually become a manager makes for fascinating and inspiring content during his performances as a football speaker.
Maurizio Sarri's first managerial role came at Stia in the Seconda Categoria before he went on to manage a staggering 15 team in his first two decades within management. Leading and managing in a hugely diverse array of environments, Sarri eloquently shares the key differences in these different organisations while identifying the crucial components that lead to success that he relays during his work as a football speaker.
Beginning to gain the attention of the footballing world and giants of Italian football, Sarri's role at Sorrento where he coached the club through the first months of the season until the mid-season break, saw his team play an attractive, slick brand of attacking football which would set the benchmark and blueprint for his teams in the future.
Excelling at Empoli, Maurizio Sarri gained his first major appointment in 2015 when he was named as manager of Napoli, a club close to his heart and the place of his birth. Leading the club to a second place finish in the league behind Juventus in just his first season in charge, Sarri's immediate and impressive impact was overshadowed by his heated exchange with the then Inter Milan manager, Roberto Mancini which caught the attention of the media and led to repercussions for Sarri.
An exchange filled with drama, Maurizio discusses and recollects this encounter during his work as a football speaker while expressing the impact it had upon both him as an individual and his reputation. Hit with a major setback just two months after signing an extension to his contract, Sarri lost his star striker, Gonzalo Higuain for an astronomical 90 million Euros. A player who had managed to equal the record for most goals scored in a singular Serie A season, Sarri astonishingly vetoed a move for a high profile replacement and instead decided to make frugal investments and manipulations to his existing squad.
A move that was met by great speculation, a stroke of utter genius from Sarri would defy all critics as he instructed a positional change of Dries Mertens, originally a wide-forward to play more centrally the following season. A move that was initially frowned upon and met with criticism, this worked to great effect, as the Belgian netted 28 goals as the club finished 3rd in 2017, while Sarri was voted the league's Coach of the Year as well as receiving the Enzo Bearzot Award.
This decision allows Sarri to explain to guests the importance of trusting your instincts and making the best of employees through trust, hard work and dedication, all aspects that are relatable to the working world. Sarri also expresses his delight and joy at this strategic decision and the consequent awards that followed while working as a football speaker. Sarri's, Napoli side concluded the first half of the 2015-16 season Serie A in 1st place gaining the title Campioni d'Inverno ("Winter Champions") for the first time in 26 years.
A blistering start to the following campaign, Sarri's team were in electrifying form as they won 8 consecutive games and looked set to win Serie A. Finishing agonisingly short however, Juventus pipped his club to the title by 4 points leading to Maurizio's departure. Napoli's loss was Chelsea FC's gain however as the Italian who is instantly recognisable and well known for often smoking during matches was named as manager of the London club. Sarri won his first Premier League game in charge and looks set to lead the club back to its former glories.
Discussing managerial and leadership anecdotes at events in addition to sharing the abundance of knowledge and expertise he possesses, Maurizio Sarri is an entertaining and engaging football speaker that will effortlessly entertain guests and is available to hire as a football speaker for events and functions across the UK.