After Mourinho was sacked for the club’s dismal performance at the beginning of this season, Guus Hiddink was put in charge as the interim manager until a permanent replacement was found. The Chelsea job will mark Conte’s move back to club management after becoming Italy’s National Team manager in 2014.
With Leicester in dreamland, sure fire investment from both Manchester clubs and Spurs seemingly a top team for the future, what impact will Conte have on next seasons Premier League odds.
Conte’s Previous Record Suits Him For The Role
Conte is claimed to have been missing club management during his international assignments. More importantly, it has been often said that he is a great admirer of the Premier League, which would make Chelsea the ideal place for him as he takes the next step in his career. Previously, he has led Juventus to 3 Serie A wins as manager – success that it is hoped will be bettered here.
In many ways, Conte checks out as a manager who could once again help Chelsea conquer the Premier League, when considering that his past performances have been consistently impressive. In his current role, he has managed to go for 18 months with just three losses to date, and his impressive records as player and manager at Juventus also gives him a wealth of credibility.
The Challenges He Will Find At Chelsea
Even so, his work is clearly cut out for him as he has aims to tackle the many problems at Chelsea, which may include finding new key players and inspiring some of the current players get back to their best form. For instance, John Terry’s contract is expiring at the end of the season and since the club has made no indication that it wants to renew it, Conte might end up having to find another defence powerhouse.
However, he may also wish to look to his academy players and hand them debuts – particularly when you consider that there has been no academy player that has made the breakthrough to become a first team regular under Abramovich’s reign. Additionally, Conte will have to deal with other major issues off the pitch too, as he’ll need a steady head to cope with the heavy expectations placed on him as manager from both the fans and owner.
The Towering Expectations of Abramovich – and the Chelsea faithful
Roman Abramovich has never concealed the fact that he expects nothing but record-breaking performances from his managers, which clearly explains why the club, through Conte, will be bringing in its 12th manager in 13 years. If Conte is unsuccessful in helping the former football giant redeem itself from this seasons embarrassments, he may soon find himself giving way to another replacement.
To this end, Conte will be well advised to stay in Abramovich’s favour, especially because he will have to retain part of the backroom staff. However, this is against his own intentions of bringing with him his own team when he assumes the mantle as the club’s manager, but as has been seen before Abramovich is not always the type to compromise.
Does he have what it takes?
Conte is both meticulous and resourceful, and like Mourinho, who led Chelsea to some of its greatest glories in its history, Conte’s style of leadership is just as uncompromising as Abramovich’s. Conte is well-known to leave nothing to chance, refuses to defend his players from external criticisms is also not known to suffer with kindness players that don’t follow his lead when it comes to tactical matters. Not surprisingly, some of these managerial traits he shares with his Portuguese predecessor, though all Chelsea fans will be hoping that he’s the new man to bring them success.
All in all, Conte has been known to achieve great things with very little to work with, which is how he rose from a relatively unknown player to become the outspoken captain of a leading Serie A club.
To summarise, though it can be said that he has all the technical mastery to get the job done, whether or not the conditions he will find at Chelsea will allow it is another issue entirely. However, it’s claimed that if anyone has the acumen to help the sleeping giant claims its former Premier League glory, it’s Conte.