It isn’t a question of if, but when. In a week bookended by defeats at the hands of Manchester clubs (after all, nobody gives Chelsea a prayer at Wembley in Sunday’s League Cup final), the walls are closing in on Morrie Sarri.
‘The man with no Plan B’ will be etched on his tombstone after a predictably limp FA Cup exit at the hands of United at the Bridge, and an anticipated capitulation this weekend to Manchester City.
Indeed, why put everyone through another ritual humiliation? Let’s save the planet, spare 90,000 journeys and courier the trophy to the Etihad.
Home fans were baying for compassionate euthanasia for Sarri after the 2-0 defeat to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rejuvenated United – a team which demonstrates what shrewd managerial change can achieve.
Chelsea fans even joined in United’s chant of ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’, and booed the pointless substitution of captain Cesar Azpilicueta eight minutes from time.
The Blues had no answer to the Red Devils’ two first-half breakaway goals in which defenders were by-passed and headers buried by first Ander Herrera and then Paul Pogba.
Chelsea simply cannot improve as a team under Sarri, and the expectation is that the board will simply follow United’s lead, ditch the manager and bring in a caretaker, with Derby County’s Frank Lampard the fans’ choice.
Then Sarri can vanish and puff away to obscurity.
No change is anticipated before the Malmo Europa League second leg has been played, and Chelsea are crushed in the League Cup final. But an announcement could be forthcoming on Monday, late morning.