Chelsea have IDENTIFIED a surprise Conte replacement

Despite winning the Premier League last season, Antonio Conte’s future at Chelsea has been in the balance for most of the season. His position at the club seems untenable and it is looking more and more likely that he will leave The Bridge this summer.

According to Yahoo Sport, Chelsea are considering Leonardo Jardim, 43, as their next manager.

Whats the Story?

Since October, Conte has looked extremely unhappy at Chelsea. They have been extremely poor since the turn of the year and look like they will struggle to make the top four after losing to London rivals Tottenham.

With it looking highly likely that Conte will leave Chelsea, Abramovich will be seeking a replacement. Luis Enrique, Massimilliano Allegri and Carlo Ancelotti have been heavily linked to take over at The Bridge this summer.

According to Yahoo Sport, Chelsea’s hierarchy have made preliminary inquiries about the availability of AS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim.

The Portuguese manager is into his fourth season in France. He led the side to an unexpected Champions League semi-final and beat Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title last year.

He is highly valued by Monaco’s owners and signed an contract extension last summer until 2020. Chelsea would have to pay a €7.5 million release clause to acquire his services.

What would Jardim bring to Chelsea?

Jardim has been a coach since the age of 27 and for the most part enjoyed success wherever he has gone. He will be looking to aim higher and has said that he would leave Monaco for a club of ‘great dimensions.’

Chelsea are once again looking to rebuild after a disappointing 2016/17 season. They have not really replaced John Terry, Frank Lampard, Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic.

Despite making a whole host of signings last summer none of them have made the expected impact. Jardim would come in with a big rebuilding job at his hand but an owner willing to spend.

He is a manager who demands respect due to his vast experience and self-belief. Chelsea have lacked a man manager in recent years, with players too often becoming disillusioned with the manager.

Jardim is a man manager who can adapt his style to different personalties. He has the track record and experience to come into Chelsea and bring back success.

He is also used to owners having a big say in the clubs transfer policy. It often seemed that Conte had no say in transfer dealings – selling Matic to rivals Manchester United is a prime example.

Monaco’s structure is similar to Chelsea and will be used to a Russia owner. He has also worked with Tiemoue Bakayoko at Monaco and could bring the best out of French midfielder.

Will the manager merry-go-round at Chelsea ever end?

It seems that ever few years Chelsea are seeking a new manager. The Abramovic era has been synonymous with managers being hired and fired.

They have had 12 different managers since 2003, including two spells of Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelloti.

While they have enjoyed a great deal off success in this period, the club constantly seems to be rebuilding. Gone are the days of trusting a manager for more than two seasons and Chelsea’s blue print of changing managers ever other seasons seems to work.

Abramovich will probably stick to this policy until the day he sells the club. This might not be healthy for the clubs long-term plans, it means they will continue to enjoy success in the immediate. This is the main goal for owners and fans in the modern game.