Roman Abramovich knows what he wants and who he wants, but will he cope with Antonio Conte?
The question should be: will they cope with one other? Ultimately, if Conte is successful, then the risk will be worth it, but even Jose Mourinho clashed with the Russian after trophy-laden years and left before his surprise return.
Conte has signed a three-year deal to become the next Chelsea manager after EURO 2016, and will be tasked with turning the reigning Premier League champions into contenders once again after a disastrous season, something he’s tipped to do according to betting in italia.
The current Italy boss is expected to ring the changes and bring in a number of new players this summer to freshen up a team that sits 10th in the table, while Conte’s intense expectations could see some of Chelsea’s underperforming squad members moved on.
The Italian, who will take his home nation to the showpiece tournament this summer, may have won a hat-trick of Serie A titles with Juventus, but success doesn’t always translate… just ask Jose Luiz Felipe Scolari. Things did no go well for the Brazilian when he joined Chelsea in 2008, and despite his record and CV, the now 67-year-old’s reign was brought to an abrupt end after just 36 games.
Claudio Ranieri, Andre Villas-Boas, Avram Grant, Rafa Benitez, Roberto Di Matteo and most recently Jose Mourinho, for the second time, have also fallen victim of Roman Abramovich’s ruthless ownership.
Chelsea have imploded this season and it’s the players who need to have a long, hard look at themselves. Too many of them have had their own agendas and have let the club and the fans down. They have simply not been the Chelsea that we all know and currently only have pride to play for.
Andrea Pirlo has warned the Chelsea players and Roman Abramovich, that Antonio Conte is not a man to be trifled with. Conte lifted three consecutive Serie A titles with Juventus before taking the Italy job four years ago, but although he is keen to return to club management, Italy and Juve legend Pirlo has warned he won’t tolerate interference in his transfer policy or team selection:
Pirlo said: “I love the man, I have nothing but respect and admiration for him. I know if he takes a job, any job, it will have to be on his terms. The players he wants to sign, those he wants to get rid of, the style he wants to play. If you sign him as your coach and then as the owner you want to start making decisions, he is not the coach for you.”
At Bari, Conte clinched the Serie B title. At Siena, he finished second in the same division. As a player he lifted five titles, the Champions League and the UEFA Cup among a clutch of trophies with Juventus.
“I have played under a lot of great managers.” said Pirlo.
“But I can say that Conte is a genius. Like all men who possess genius, he is a little mad.
“The man can be a beast, a dressing room when he is angry is one of the most dangerous places you can be.”
“If you let him get on with things and do his methods, then you will have a team that plays attractive football and will, without doubt, be successful.”
Just what Chelsea need right now.