Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich could replace Maurizio Sarri with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, says Paul Merson

first_imgChelsea owner Roman Abramovich could replace Maurizio Sarri with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, says Paul Merson Advertisement Advertisement Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has impressed Paul Merson (Picture: Getty) Maurizio Sarri reacts as Chelsea reach Europa League semi-finalTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:18FullscreenMaurizio Sarri reacts as Chelsea reach Europa League semi-final is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘It was never going to happen but Howe plays that way. He opens the game up a lot better than Chelsea do.’Howe’s Bournemouth are currently 12th in the Premier League and suffered a 1-0 defeat to already-relegated Fulham on Saturday.But Merson said: ‘I have been down to Bournemouth and I like the way he works and how he gets his message across. He can manage at the top level.‘I think days like last week keep him at Bournemouth for a little big longer. That is the way he wants to play.’Chelsea welcome Burnley to Stamford Bridge on Monday evening.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson believes Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich could replace Maurizio Sarri with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe next season.Sarri has endured a mixed first season at Stamford Bridge and the Blues, currently fifth, face an uphill battle to finish in the top four of the Premier League.Chelsea could still qualify for next year’s Champions League by winning the Europa League, however, and progressed to the semi-finals last week with two victories over Slavia Prague.Sarri was heavily linked with a departure from Chelsea earlier in the year and Arsenal legend Merson reckons he could still be sacked by Abramovich.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe told Sky Sports: ‘If Roman Abramovich is still there next year and he hasn’t sold the club, Eddie Howe could be the next manager of Chelsea.’Asked whether Howe would be a good appointment by the west London club, Merson added: ‘I think great.‘He plays an expansive game of football. Chelsea fans want to see action and I know the owner doesn’t go as much now but he also wants to see action.‘Sarri was brought in to play the Napoli way. Score lots of goals and play gung-ho football. Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 20 Apr 2019 11:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link446Shareslast_img read more

Smith loses mantle as world’s top Test batsman to Kohli

first_img… David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne move into the top 10AUSTRALIA’S Steve Smith has relinquished his crown as the world’s No.1 Test batsman with India maestro Virat Kohli taking the mantle.Smith had a rare quiet series against Pakistan, with top-order batsmen David Warner (489 runs) and Marnus Labuschagne (347) dominant as Australia powered to a series clean-sweep.Smith made four in Brisbane and 36 in Adelaide, arriving at the crease with Australia in a strong position and searching for quick runs.Australia cruised to an innings victory in both Tests, with Smith losing eight points (moving from 931 to 923), leaving him five points astern of India’s skipper.Smith previously held the top ranking from December 2015 to August 2018 but lost the title to Kohli while he was on the sidelines serving his 12-month suspension from international cricket.He regained No.1 spot on the back of his prolific series with the bat in the Ashes, during which he hammered 774 runs in four Tests at an extraordinary 110.57.Kohli crafted 136 in his last Test innings against Bangladesh last month and also hit an unbeaten 254 against South in October.Warner and Labuschagne lifted their rankings after combining for four centuries against Pakistan’s inexperienced bowling attack, giving Australia three batsmen in the top 10.Warner rebounded from a poor Ashes series with scores of 154 at the Gabba and 335 not out at Adelaide Oval, claiming player-of-the-series honours.The left-hander averaged a remarkable 489 across the two Tests as he moved from 17th to fifth on the ICC Test rankings.Labuschagne continues to rocket up the rankings after posting his first two Test centuries, his contributions of 185 and 162 helping him nail down the vital No.3 position and move to eighth position.Labuschagne sat in 95th spot when summoned as a concussion substitute for Smith in the Lord’s Ashes Test in August.He finished that series against England as Australia’s second-highest run-scorer – behind Smith – with 353 runs at 50.42.Pat Cummins retained his position atop the Test bowling rankings after returning eight wickets against Pakistan.Josh Hazlewood moved from ninth to eighth after collecting 10 wickets at 22 apiece.Mitchell Starc, the leading wicket-taker in the series with 14 at 17, improved his ranking from 18th to 14th.Nathan Lyon also moved up, gaining one position to sit in 21st spot ahead of Australia’s three-match series against New Zealand, starting on December 12.last_img read more