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From banker to football coach; Maurizio Sarri has won his first trophy

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Maurizio Sarri has won his first trophy as a manager at the age of 60. The banker turned football coach started his journey at Italian side Stia in 1990.Now in his 19th job, he’s a champion of Europe.

He is not a professional footballer. Took part as an amateur central defender and coach while working as a banker. In 2005, he had his first Serie B job at Pescara. In 2014, he won promotion to Serie A with Empoli, and after preserving their place in the top flight he was hired by Napoli.

He won several individual awards while managing the Naples-based club, where he selected as the Serie A Coach of the Year and after finishing as league runners-up in 2017–18 he moved to Chelsea.

Sarri’s first club as manager was U.S.D. Stia 1925, whom he started coaching in 1990 in Seconda Categoria. In the following year he was appointed manager of fellow league team U.S. Faellese, and took the club up to the Promozione.

Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea are the first side in the 21st century to be crowned Europa League champions without losing a game from group stage to final.

Despite guiding them to the prize, his first trophy as a manager, the League Cup final and a third-place finish in the Prem, the Italian has still been criticised by supporters.

But Sarri insists it has been a good season despite some tricky spells and now feels his men are becoming accustomed to his ways.

Sarri said: “I think we deserved to win the Europa League. It’s very important for me, but very important for us. I’m really very happy with my players.

“Tomorrow, I will begin to speak with my club. We need to speak like at any club at the end of the season. We need to know what the club can do for me, and what I can do better for the club.

“Also the club need to speak to me. Then, after a couple of days, I will decide. I have a contract so, at the moment, we are talking about nothing.”

David Luiz comments: “Maurizio Sarri did a great job, we would like to continue with him. Juventus? I hear many voices but we only want to talk about the Europa League”

His former club Napoli congratulated him on the victory over their twitter handle.

Transfer rumour are reveals that Juventus and AC Milan are looking seriously to bring Sarri as their manager.

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