Antonio Conte’s three-man defence transformed Chelsea so quickly that it is easy to forget that he inherited a side that had just scrambled to a 10th place finish after Guus Hiddink cleared up some of the almighty mess Jose Mourinho made.
Therefore, when he claims that the club is in a better state now than in 2016 when he took over, there is surely some weight in that argument, even if the Blues finish 5th this season under the Italian.
Not in the eyes of the Chelsea fans, however. Some of them are still agitating for him to leave the club, while others feel that the board at Stamford Bridge have held back progress by failing to secure his preferred transfer targets.
Maybe the memory of Mourinho’s aberration in his final year at the club has also faded from the minds of Chelsea fans but we’ve taken a closer look at the more hostile reaction…
I hear you. The season after winning the title is an absolute nightmare. How the coach cannot not be backed by the board after a winning season baffles me. Now we are sitting with last minute panic buy deadwood players.
— Blue Brigade (@ChelseaBrigade) May 12, 2018
Yup. Let's all blame the board for not backing the manager. Even after they broke our transfer record and spent almost £200m this season
— Sidney (@IamSidders) May 12, 2018
I will never blame any Chelsea manager! Only the board anyday, minute, second,year!
— Roman (@TheSpecialConte) May 12, 2018
Do u really think that if Conte got Alex Sandro we would be in the top 2 and when he says he has no control of transfers it’s disgusting he wanted Bakayoko he wanted Danny Drinkwater got him too. About Lukaku Chelsea matched the bid for him he didn’t want to a team run by Conte
— AJP (@AJPYT) May 12, 2018
Is the squad better than it was in the summer of 2016? I don't think so, the task for the incoming manager will be tougher since there are way more players in the squad who aren't Chelsea level
— Darth Vardhan (@shaurye_vardhan) May 12, 2018
Here is the manager of Chelsea and he has no idea of the Summer plans….sums him up really.
— Jog On (@MichaelSharod) May 12, 2018
Better shape to give up before the whistle is blown? (City game). Just go.
— Nicholas Lisewsky (@NLisewsky) May 12, 2018
I wonder if they'll have a new manager on the plane to Perth in July…
— Sacha Pisani (@Sachk0) May 12, 2018
Let's see if it's the coach or the board who is at fault after Conte leaves
— clark prince (@clarkprince1) May 12, 2018