Chelsea were expected to sack Conte within a week of last season’s FA Cup triumph but the situation has dragged on and could reach an unexpected conclusion
It is safe to say that Chelsea is directionless at the moment. They have a manager taking charge of the first-day of pre-season training at the Cobham who should have long been fired. While his expected replacement is still under contract with his previous club. Chaos reigns supreme. With just a month left until the big kick-off, the situation is set to get sorted sooner rather than later. However, things may not end up the way they are supposed to.
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Antonio Conte’s brother and member of the coaching staff, Daniele Conte hinted that the former Juventus manager could remain at Stamford Bridge beyond the summer. In a picture of the coaching staff posted on Instagram, the caption read:
“Come on Chelsea Come on Team Conte!!! Chelsea 2018/19”
These surely don’t seem like the words of a man who could be on his way out of Chelsea.
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) July 9, 2018
Antonio Conte, meanwhile, has no intention of walking out on the job with a huge pay-day on the horizon should the club sack him. His relationship with Marina Granovskaia has deteriorated beyond repair with his public criticism of Chelsea’s transfer strategy angered several club officials. Roman Abramovich isn’t too happy with him either, he did fail to deliver Champions League football – a minimum requirement for any Chelsea manager to extend his stay. However, the fact remains that Conte is still the manager while Sarri remains in limbo.
Maurizio Sarri is expected to take over at Stamford Bridge if (when!!) Conte departs West London. He remains without a job right now. Napoli have already brought in Carlo Ancelotti as his replacement, while his buyout clause also expired before Chelsea could use it to their advantage. He is another man who wants this situation resolved as soon as possible.
Chelsea are shambles right now, in what is club’s most important summer since 2003 – when Abramovich took over. They should have been focusing on strengthening in the transfer market and tying down Courtois and Hazard to bigger and better contracts. Instead, they haven’t even dealt with their managerial situation yet. Here’s hoping that for every Chelsea fan’s sake it happens within the coming days.