Premier League legend Chris Sutton has revealed his bewilderment at the appointment of Antonio Conte as the new Chelsea manager, according to reports from the BBC.
The Blues sacked Jose Mourinho back in December after an appalling start to the season, which saw the club just hovering above the relegation zone despite winning the league last year.
Dutchman Guus Hiddink was brought in to take over from ‘the Special One’ as an interim, while the Chelsea hierarchy searched for a long-term successor.
And after seeing the likes of Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone and Juventus gaffer Masimilliano Allegri being linked, the Blues have finally confirmed that Italy boss Conte will take over the helm after Euro 2016.
However, Sutton, who won the Premier League with Blackburn before a stint with Chelsea, is confused by the Italian’s arrival, claiming that his style is too similar to that of Mourinho.
“If he comes in and starts hitting the players with a whip are they going to respond?” said Sutton.
“Chelsea have a good option of keeping Hiddink. It is working under him – the team have improved beyond all recognition.
“Bringing in a similar type of manager to Mourinho in Conte doesn’t make any sense to me.
“If the players have downed tools before there is every suggestion that, with Conte coming in and being a similar type to Mourinho, they will down tools again if things aren’t going well.”
Conte won the Italian Serie A in three consecutive seasons after coming in when Juventus finished seventh during the previous campaign back in 2011.