Sarri managed a series of minor clubs in Tuscany for more than a decade, and obtained a number of successes at the grassroots level of football.1 In 2000 he signed for Sansovino, who he led over the course of three years, from regional championships to Serie C2.2
His successes with Sansovino won him attention from more important teams: in 2004 he gained promotion in Serie C1 with Sangiovannese.
In July 2011 he was appointed at the helm of Sorrento, another Lega Pro Prima Divisione club.4 He managed the club through the first months of the season until 14 December 2011 when he was sacked. Although no official reason was given, he left the club lying in 4th place and thus underperforming when compared with the previous season.5
In the season 2012-13 he is the new head coach of Empoli in Serie B.