John Obi Mikel has slammed Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, with the Italian manager all set to leave Stamford Bridge in the upcoming days.
The former Juventus manager is still at the club and has not been sacked yet, though he did not have the best of seasons, in his second year in England.
He had fallouts with the likes of Diego Costa and David Luiz, who were really fan favourites and messed up things, with the Blues failing to finish in the top four.
The only consolation was the FA Cup title that they won, beating fierce rivals Manchester United and now Mikel has had his say on the entire situation.
The midfielder who left the west London outfit for Tianjin Teda last year, after spending a decade with the former champions of England, has now pointed fingers at Conte as well, in a recent interview with The Sun.
In the comments that he made, the former Chelsea star pointed out that it was the Italian who was responsible for his departure from the Bridge, due to whatever had transpired during the previous campaign.
“Definitely it was the right time [to leave] because when you have a manager who… you have to come in whoever you are – manager or player – there are people who have been there before who made this club what it is today.”
He added that the club was nowhere near to what it used to be, a decade or more ago and that his relationship with the club was still good, despite these incidents and a rather unhappy spell under the current boss.
“Chelsea was nowhere near what it is 10, 15 years ago.”
“There are players that build and build and build, then it is all about respect.”
“When you do not get that from a manager who comes in and after five minutes decides to make a change you deal with it, you move on.”
“My connection with the club has not changed because of the manager or because of a certain person.”
“My relationship with the club remains. I am a blue and I want to remain that way for years and years to come.”
At present, Maurizio Sarri and Laurent Blanc are the two names on the top of the list of potential replacements to replace Conte at the club, with the former preparing to leave Serie A outfit Napoli, after being replaced by Ancelotti.
It seems that there is a lot of dislike for Conte at the club and the way that he handled things and it seems this is the right time for him to leave. He won a title in his last game in-charge of the side and should now consider a managerial job elsewhere, a place where he is given the respect that he deserves and also liked at the same time.
Though the fans love him and the Londoners have won titles in both seasons under him, it seems that there are some major unresolved issues that just can’t be sorted out and there is no point in making things worse. It will be in the best interest of all parties for him to go and find another great job.