Chelsea’s huge success with silverware during the Roman Abramovich area is no secret, but neither is the club’s ruthlessness when it comes to managers.
The Blues have built their success with a model that has no time for sentiment and it’s very much a results business at Stamford Bridge.
Maurizio Sarri’s arrival in West London at the beginning of the season raised a few eyebrows consider his philosophy, which hinted towards a more possession-based and attacking style of football coming to the club.
But fans know that ultimately that the Italian boss will need to achieve to keep the club’s hierarchy happy and that’s why he’s entering his most crucial run of fixtures since his arrival last summer.
Chelsea have already beaten Huddersfield Town 5-0 at home in the Premier League, but have six more games this month that could seal his fate.
They have just two league fixtures during the schedule, but it’s away to second-placed Manchester City on Sunday and at home to third-placed Tottenham a the end of the month.
Sarri’s side could find themselves out of the top four if results go against them and Champions League qualification is key this campaign, but on the flip side two wins should cement their position.
In-between league games they have two legs against Swedish clubs Malmo in the Europa league round of 32, which is a tournament that the club should feel they have every chance of winning.
Chelsea also face Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round and Manchester City again in the Carabao Cup final.
It’s a fascinating month that could have Sarri bank his first trophy in his first season, while still be alive in two more and hold the cards in the top four race.
But if bad results lie just around the corner the manager will surely find himself in a precarious position.