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Chelsea and Antonio Conte are likely to part ways at the end of this campaign.

The Blues heavy defeat against Barcelona at the Camp Nou has confirmed that the paths of the Premier League club and the former Juventus coach will separate once the season is over.

As reported by Italian outlet Tuttosport, the relationship between Conte and the club’s board has been damaged for months due to disagreements on the transfer market and the lack of results this season has done the rest.

So, while Conte is preparing to live the last months as head coach at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea directors have reportedly already chosen former FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique as a replacement for the Italian gaffer for the season 2018/19.

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Former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux states the Blues board needs to step out of the “sack the manager” culture and give current boss Antonio Conte the chance to start a dinasty at Stamford Bridge.

In the recent years all the managers that won something important at Chelsea ( Mourinho, Ancelotti, Di Matteo) weren’t give the time to establish themselves there and received the sack months after their triumphs.

Speaking to Betfair, Le Saux explained his view about this:

“To be fair, Chelsea have still been very, very successful even though they’ve had a high turnover of managers, but it doesn’t mean I agree with that because I think the nature of sport is that you can’t consistently win the league every year, so managers need time to build something over seasons not just one season.

“In this climate every manager is only as good as his last six games and if you have a bad six games you’re out of a job and if you have a good six games you get another six games so it’s a very intense high turnover industry at the moment.

“My worry is that players or coaches don’t really ever put down any roots and that for me isn’t good for the long-term future of any club.”

On the reports suggesting that another change in the dugout could be on the cards, Le Saux added:

“Conte would be a loss to Chelsea and I’ve really enjoyed him coming to the Premier League.

“I think he’s brought knowledge and even entertainment and he’s the first manager to win the league playing with a back three and wing-backs and from that point of view he’s been a fantastic asset.


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Antonio Conte sent a message to Chelsea board about his future at the club.

After winning the title last year the Italian manager is now under pressure after a bad run of results that are putting Chelsea participation to next Champions League at risk:

“You continue to work with a manager or coach not because of what he achieves in one season but because you trust in him,” Conte said.

“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.

“The way I look at it, you can win [a trophy] but, at the same time, the club might not be happy to stay with you. In that case, [they might consider] 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. This is my opinion. At the same time, I have great respect for everyone’s opinion. If the club decides to send me away, I don’t know when, it’ll be because they’re not happy with my work. As you know very well, my contract expires in 2019. From my point of view, there is the will to stay and continue to work for this club.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte confirmed he will speak to the club directors regarding the possibility to spend on some new signings in this winter transfer window:

“We have 18 senior players, but I think this consideration must be done with the club. I will give my opinion when I speak with the club,” the Blues manager said after the win against Brighton.

“But in the end the club has always the last word, like in the summer.

“Then we will divide the responsibility with me and with the club. We will do it together.”

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According to The Sun on Sunday Real Madrid eyed Chelsea boss Antonio Conte as the possible Zinedine Zidane substitute, should the Frenchman leave the Champions of Europe next summer.

The Merengues manager deal will end next June and the chairman Florentino Perez could decide to let him go.

Conte signed an improved contract at Chelsea last summer but that did not extend the terms of the agreement past the 2018/19 season.

The Blues boss currently earns £10million a season and would likely demand a similar wage in Madrid.

AC Milan were early frontrunners to appoint the Italian coach but their recent woes make a move to the Serie A side not possible for now.

Conte’s relationship with the Chelsea board is not the best at the moment and the former Juventus coach could decide to step out of Stamford Bridge, with Carlo Ancelotti waiting on the sidelines for a return.

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Chelsea fans shouldn’t worry: Antonio Conte is happy at Stamford Bridge, the board have great respect and consideration of him and it’s highly improbable he will quit his role or he will be sacked.

These are the thoughts of Michael Emenalo, former Chelsea technical director, who spoke for the first time about the Blues after leaving the club and accepting a new role with French side As Monaco.

Chelsea are very lucky,” – Emenalo told talkSPORT. – “Every year we seemed to find some very good people to manage or coach that club and I think in Antonio Conte they have one of the best three coaches in the world. I think that he enjoys a lot of respect at the senior level, the board level and the ownership level of the club, so there should be no worries at all. It is true that I have a very good personal relationship with him, I love his work, I love his passion, I love his ideas. But I think he’ll be just fine. He is surrounded by a lot of competent assistants, those he brought with him and those who were already at the club, and their recent results just show they will keep going on stronger and stronger.”

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Michael Emenalo has resigned as Chelsea technical director, this is the breaking news The Indipendent reported exclusively.

While speculation has been raging over the future of head coach Antonio Conte, Emenalo has decided to bring his 10-year association with the club to an end.

The move may be viewed in some quarters as a victory for Conte, but Emenalo has remained supportive of the Italian who he helped to appoint last year.

Emenalo’s decision is a huge blow to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who counted the 52-year-old among the few people he trusts and takes advice from.

We read in the exclusive report by Matt Law, that continues:

“With his help, Chelsea have won the Premier League title three times, the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League while Emenalo has been at the club.

Conte is the 10th manager Emenalo has worked with and the former Notts County player has been a vital element of the Abramovich era.

Abramovich visited Chelsea’s Cobham training ground last week, when it is likely Emenalo will have discussed the matter with the Russian.”

The sudden decision comes just one day after the important win Chelsea obtained against Manchester United last Sunday, a success that gave Conte and the team more confidence and trust.

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Former Red Devil Gary Neville slams Chelsea directors and managers over Nemanja Matic‘s move to Manchester United.

The Serbian midfielder is establishing himself at Old Trafford, being a real key-man for José Mourinho side in this first part of the season.

Matic moved from Stamford Bridge in a £ 35m move last summer but according to Neville this was a huge mistake:

“What’s gone wrong for Chelsea? One word. Matic,” Neville said on BBC Five Live after the Blues were defeated 3-0 in Rome yesterday.

“It’s as simple as that. The minute they sold Nemanja Matic was a mistake.

“When you had Matic sat in front of you, alongside N’Golo Kante, there was protection. Whoever made that decision needs sacking. That is one of the poorest decisions I have ever seen in the Premier League.

“If you ask any of those Chelsea players who they would want back, they would say Matic. Chelsea replaced him with someone who is going to do the same job, Bakayoko is not that player, he is not a holding midfield player.

“They didn’t replace Matic. I wouldn’t have let him out of the building, I would have chained him to the training ground walls.”


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Reports claim Antonio Conte was furious with Chelsea board after failing to sign Fernando Llorente on transfer market deadline day because of a derisory bid to Swansea.

In fact, it seems the Blues directors only offered £ 5m to secure the Spanish striker services, but the Swans rejected the bid and preferred to sell Llorente to Spurs, who offered £ 11.5m.

Conte was really keen to sign the 32-year-old and it’s believed he was really upset after the deal was called off.

Llorente could have been a precious substitute of Alvaro Morata, who picked up a hamstring injury against Manchester City and will probably be out for the rest of the month.



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