Roman Abramovich lays down working rules to Maurizio Sarri

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Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich has given Maurizio Sarri working guidelines as he takes on the managerial role at Stamford Bridge.

According to reports, Sarri has been ordered from above to be suited and booted on matchdays – and cut out his half-time dressing smoking.

The 59-year-old was finally named as Antonio Conte’s successor at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Napoli’s stylish and attacking football under his charge is the key reason Roman Abramovich made him his No1 target to take over from Antonio Conte.

But the Italian will not have everything his own way and has been given several directives to follow by the Chelsea hierarchy.

Sarri has always traditional been a tracksuit manager – but that is about to change.

The former Empoli man was told to bring a British attitude to the job, and that means he has been asked to ditch the sportswear in favour of a suit by owner Abramovich.

The authorities soon stubbed out his touchline fags, meaning he was forced to go to his designated area inside the dressing-room.

But he has been told in no uncertain terms that he will not be allowed to have a half-time cigarette inside the bowels of the Bridge.

Although it remains unclear whether he will nip outside of the ground for a crafty one – similar to former Watford manager Walter Mazzarri who was often spotted during the break outside the media entrance smoking.

Sarri has also been handed a driving instructor to teach him how to drive on the left to ensure his settling in period in the capital goes as smoothly as possible.


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