Maurizio Sarri is set to be unveiled as the new manager of Serie A side Lazio on Wednesday as he lands his second new job after departing Chelsea in 2019.
Lazio parted ways with Simone Inzaghi at the end of the 2020-21 season after five years in charge, having taken them to the last 16 of the Champions League this season but they missed out on the top tier competition this campaign, finishing in sixth place in Serie A.
Inzaghi has since been announced as the new head coach at Inter Milan, replacing another former Blues coach in Antonio Conte who left the club last month having won the Serie A title this season.
The Italian manager was at the helm in west London for just one year, winning the Europa League in Baku as Blues beat Arsenal 4-1 in the final.
Chelsea and Sarri was never truly a good fit despite him brining silverware to Stamford Bridge and winning the first trophy of his career, with the club and Sarri mutually agreeing to end his contract at the club two years early after his arrival from Napoli.
The Italian head coach had expressed a desire to return to his homeland which was granted by the Blues after their Europa League success and Sarri was appointed as manager at Juventus, where he lifted the Scudetto title in his first season.
Speaking of his exit from Chelsea, director Marina Granovskaia said: ‘In talks we had following the Europa League final, Maurizio made it clear how strongly he desired to return to his native country, explaining that his reasons for wanting to return to work in Italy were significant.
“He also believed it important to be nearer his family, and for the well-being of his elderly parents he felt he needed to live closer to them at this point.
“Maurizio leaves Chelsea with thanks from us all for the work he and his assistants did during the season he spent as our head coach, and for winning the Europa League, guiding us to another cup final and a third-place finish in the Premier League.
“We would also like to congratulate him on securing the role as big as any in Serie A and to wish him the best of luck for the future.”
While Sarri won his first ever league title with Juve in 2020, they lost four of their 12 matches after the league restart following the Covid-19 enforced stoppage and also suffered a disappointing Champions League exit to Lyon in the last 16 of the competition.