Maurizio Sarri is the head coach of Chelsea, having been appointed on 14 July 2018 on a three-year deal.
The Italian was working as a banker when he took on his early coaching roles, but switched to full-time management in 1999, aged 40.
He continued to work in Italy’s lower leagues before making the step up to Serie B with Pescara in 2005.
Sarri switched to another second-tier Italian side, Arezzo, early in the 2006/07 season, replacing Antonio Conte, the man he later succeeded at Chelsea.
He led the side to a Coppa Italia quarter-final, losing 2-1 on aggregate to AC Milan.
Sarri had spells with five more Italian clubs before returning to Serie B when he took charge of Empoli in 2012.
His side lost the play-off final in 2012/13 but finished second the next season and reached the top flight, before securing a further season there in 2014/15.
In June 2015, Sarri became coach of Napoli, the city of his birth, replacing Rafael Benitez.
He led them to second and third-place finishes in his first two seasons, winning the Serie A Coach of the Year award in 2016/17.
Napoli started 2017/18 with eight successive league wins as they finished second again, four points behind Juventus. Their 91 points were a record for a team finishing as runners-up in the competition.
Sarri was named Chelsea’s head coach on 14 July 2018, taking his first post outside Italy.