Chelsea find themselves in an all-too-familiar situation regarding the future of the club as
Antonio Conte appears destined to leave Stamford Bridge. The Italian was outstanding in his first season in charge of the Blues. He remoulded a side that had struggled immensely in the 2015/16 campaign into Premier League title winners.
However, he could not replicate their success last term, failing to finish in the top four, while the club were also knocked out of the Champions League in the round-of-16. Chelsea did end the season on a high note with a victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup, although it may not be enough to keep Conte in his position – with both parties heading towards an acrimonious split.
Since Roman Abramovich’s arrival at the club in 2003, the Blues have appointed 10
managers, including two spells at Stamford Bridge for Guus Hiddink in interim charge.
Although continuity is believed to be essential to success, Chelsea have won the Premier
League three times after changing their manager, as Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and
Conte all won the crown in their first terms.
As a result, removing Conte could be the best course of action to see the Blues win the title
again next term. Chelsea are considered to be well off the pace in the latest betting odds, at 12/1 with BetVictor, although a strong appointment could see them recommended by football tipsters, given their history of success.
Maurizio Sarri is available on the market and could provide the spark for a surge for the crown after narrowly missing out on the Serie A crown with Napoli.
Sarri played an attractive brand of football with the Gli Azzurri, getting the best out of his
attacking players as Dries Mertens had one of the best seasons of his career.
Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon also benefited from his style as the Italian was able to produce impressive results, despite not boasting the same quality and depth of talent as Juventus in their battle at the top.