Sarri: I’d change Chelsea’s over-30 contract policy

first_imgMaurizio Sarri says that he would change Chelsea’s policy of offering over-30 players one-year deals if he were in charge of contracts at the club.Chelsea face losing Cesc Fabregas to Monaco in the transfer window due to their inability to offer more than a one-year contract to the 31-year-old, as the Ligue 1 club prepare to offer him two-and-a-half years.The length of a contract is key for many players over 30 but Chelsea’s policy dictates that players over this age are only allowed to be offered one-year contracts.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? David Luiz is also in the same situation as Fabregas, with his contract expiring at the end of this season, and his future is not secured despite his starring role in defence. Sarri says that if he owned Chelsea, he would judge it on a case-by-case basis.”I haven’t a club so my opinion is not important. My opinion is it depends on the situation, I think. The situation is not the same for every player over 30 so its my opinion,” Sarri told reporters at Cobham Training Centre.”If you are able to buy Chelsea we can discuss [changing it].”Sarri had earlier spoken about how he will allow Fabregas to leave, as he doesn’t want unhappy players in his dressing room, but that the deal isn’t yet complete to see the former Arsenal man move to join up with his former team-mate Thierry Henry.Chelsea now prepare to face Tottenham in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup and the game at Wembley Stadium may bring back memories of the Blues’ worst defeat of the season. Spurs ran out 3-1 winners in the Premier League match back in November, dominating Chelsea throughout.”After the match in the Premier League I realised the real situation so, of course, now this match is more important. I saw my players in the dressing room after the match,” Sarri added. “They were destroyed so I realised that the match against Tottenham is a very important match for the club, the fans and the players as well.”They needed only to realise why the match was so bad and it was really very easy because the video of the first 15 minutes was clear. There was a big different in mentality, aggressiveness and determination, so it was clear.”Clear for me and also for the players. The match was really strange I think because it was a match after the international break and probably we were not able to arrive to the match with the right mentality and focus. It can happen but now we need to play another match.Mauricio Pochettino Maurizio Sarri Tottenham Chelsea 2018-19“Here everything is really very difficult. If you think in the League Cup we played against Liverpool, now we have to play Tottenham. In an eventual final probably against Manchester City. It is like playing in the Champions League I think for the League Cup.”So here everything is really, really very difficult. The level of opponent is a really high level. The level of determination is now good, but we have to solve some problems of course. Sometimes during the match we were not able to have the right reaction to the difficulties to negative situation.”In the last match we were not able to have the right reaction to a positive situation because after the second goal we conceded four shots on goal in two minutes. So we need to learn that we cannot lower the application in the defensive phase.”Like Sarri, Mauricio Pochettino is regarded as one of the world’s best coaches, but the duo are both yet to win major honours as managers.In fact, Tottenham have not won a major honour for a decade and Pochettino’s side are now desperate to take advantage of their best team in a generation by winning silverware. The upcoming semi-final will offer a great opportunity for silverware for those involved and Sarri thinks that Pochettino could do with capitalising.”I agree [that he needs to win something] because he is a very good coach,” Sarri continued. “One of the best at the moment. I agree he has to win a trophy, [but] I hope not this. I think it is the same of course but Pochettino is in Tottenham for four years and I am here from six months.”I think that here in the first season it is really very difficult for everybody, for Pochettino, four years, for Klopp, four years, it was really very hard in the first season also for Guardiola so here it is really very difficult to build up a very good team. You need time.”last_img read more

Government must fuel UK automotive ambition

This week, the All Party Parliamentary Motor Group (APMG) called on government to back the UK automotive sector as a key industry for growth in a competitive global market.Launching its annual report, the APMG looked forward to the publication of the Automotive Sector Strategy describing the UK automotive industry as a ‘priority’ and reinforcing that government must sustain investment, and leverage significant overseas opportunities to ensure that UK automotive can seize opportunities for future growth.The report, Fuelling Ambition: Investment and Strategic Direction for UK Automotive, looks at the challenges and opportunities facing the industry – including future driving trends, low carbon innovation and exports and trade policy.The report highlights four key recommendations to government:1. The automotive strategy has established a comprehensive framework and strategic direction for the industry that requires cross-party and long-term government support for implementation.2. Government needs to support industry to respond to changing driving trends and habits with analysis, accurate and transparent data and further investment.3. Government must sustain long term investment for the sector, and focus particularly on areas in which the UK is excelling – such as low carbon technology.4. To expand the UK automotive sector’s success overseas, government should focus on securing deals with priority markets, such as the EU-US Trade Deal, and reducing other barriers to trade.Launching the report at the Group’s Annual General Meeting, the Group’s Chairman, Richard Burden MP said, “Protecting and strengthening the automotive sector for the future requires concerted action. Our report highlights that there are new opportunities and challenges – such as the ‘peak car phenomenon’ and low carbon innovation – that require government’s focus and investment by industry now to ensure the sector can maximise growth. For the automotive industry to continue excelling the government must continue to play a central part.”To view the full APMG annual report for 2013, follow the link: Fuelling Ambition: Investment and Strategic Direction for UK AutomotiveClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more