Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed that he found out he had been sacked by Napoli only by watching the news on television.
The Italian boss took over at Stamford Bridge this summer following a remarkable spell with the Serie A team.
He secured Napoli’s highest ever points return last campaign, only to see his side lose out on the league title to all-conquering Juventus .
Sarri asked for some time to consider his future but Napoli already signed Carlo Ancelotti as his replacement.
Then, after a protracted legal issue, the coach was eventually released from the final two years of his contract, freeing him up to move to Chelsea.
‘It’s true, I found out that I wasn’t the Napoli coach anymore by seeing it on television,’ he told Il Mattino newspaper.
‘I had some doubts, that’s fair, but there was a clause in the contract and it wasn’t something I had asked for. It was not respected in the timing. Now I hope that Ancelotti can achieve what I came so close to.’
Despite being criticised publicly by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis in recent months, Sarri claims he is ‘grateful, because he gave him the opportunity to be coach of Napoli.’
Former striker Gonzalo Higuain, meanwhile, was another Napoli player who clashed with the club’s outspoken president.
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The Argentine moved to Juventus in 2016, much to the fury of many Napoli fans. But Sarri insisted: ‘Higuain isn’t a traitor and didn’t betray anyone. His problem was purely with the president.’