As reported by The Telegraph, Chelsea are looking to replace Antonio Conte but will resist the urge to sack him mid-season, instead hoping he leaves by mutual consent in the summer.
The Italian is under fire after a series of poor results and performances, culminating in a humiliating 4-1 defeat away to Watford last Monday.
It’s led to significant speculation about his long-term future at Stamford Bridge, something that the manager commented on during his pre-match press conference on Friday.
As quoted by The Telegraph, Conte said:
In my opinion, you continue to work with a manager or coach not because of what he achieves in one season, but because you trust in him. Then you build something with him. But it doesn’t mean you have to win something, because that’s not simple. Not easy. Especially in England, it’s not simple. But in my vision, you can win, but, at the same time, the club might not be happy to stay with you. For this reason, it’s right to send the coach away. At the same time, you can trust in a coach and his work and continue with him even if you don’t win, and try and build something important. There are two ways. There is a stupid way and an intelligent way.
The paper say that any decision on his future is unlikely to be made until the end of the season, unlike their last title-winning manager Jose Mourinho, who was ruthlessly sacked mid-campaign.
Which way will Chelsea take in the coming months? The stupid way or the intelligent way?
Letting Conte leave the club would be a bold move by the decision makers at Chelsea given the major silverware the Italian delivered last season. Surely he has proven he can build a title-winning side, even if Manchester City are running away with things this term?
There are few managers around who have the track record Conte holds in terms of trophy wins and unless the Blues are planning on taking a radical change in direction, it seems folly not to give him another season at Stamford Bridge.
Moving him on won’t guarantee success and in fact could destabilise a successful side, even if results in the short-term are going against them right now.
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