Chelsea change tune: Why Antonio Conte could remain in charge next season
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea future remains in the dark with the club yet to have parted company with the Italian following their miserable title-defence last season.
However, the club’s owner Roman Abramovich is considering the possibility of keeping Conte at the helm, with neither an easy or cheap way of replacing the 48-year-old, according to the Telegraph.
The former Juventus manager is very unlikely to mutually agree to leave Stamford Bridge, informing close friends he could return for pre-season, meaning Chelsea would be forced to pay Conte up to £9m in compensation.
Pros and Cons
Whilst Abramovich is faced with the decision of replacing the manager, his own future at the club also remains unclear with the Russian billionaire unable to obtain a UK visa.
That aside, Abramovich must now decide whether to stick or twist with Conte – with potentially damning consequences either way.
The Blues have a clear choice as to who they hope will replace Conte – that man being former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri.
However, this appointment wouldn’t come without its difficulties given his current contractual status at Napoli.
Despite having been sacked by the Naples-based club last month, Sarri remains under contract and the club are demanding a large compensation fee for the Italian.
Aside from Sarri, the West London club are also looking at Laurent Blanc and Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli, however, neither would be popular appointments.
Chelsea have limited alternatives to Sarri and with the Italian now slipping away, finding a suitable replacement for Conte will prove a very tricky challenge.
Chelsea civil war
During his time at Stamford Bridge, especially last season, Conte fell out with a number of his players.
Eden Hazard, Willian and David Luiz are players who could all look to move on should the Italian remain in charge.
There also fears Conte that could seek revenge on those he believes have attempted to undermine him over the past 12 months.
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June 14, 2018 at 12:26PM