The pressure appears to be mounting on Antonio Conte. After Chelsea were defeated 3-0 by AFC Bournemouth on Wednesday, the Italian would have been hoping for a response from his players when they paid a visit to Vicarage Road to face Watford on Monday night – he didn’t get one.
The Premier League champions fell to a 4-1 defeat after a late capitulation. Our defending was utterly shambolic, our midfield non-existent, and our attack once again carried by talisman Eden Hazard. We dread to think where we’d be without the Belgian.
Roman Abramovich has developed somewhat of a reputation of being unforgiving since his arrival at Stamford Bridge in 2003. Conte’s head looks to be on the chopping block, and it may be only a matter of time before Abramovich swings the axe if the Blues boss is unable to turn our fortunates around.
It was announced in the club’s official statement when he was appointed that Conte put pen-to-paper on a three-year contract in the summer of 2016. He has 18-months remaining on that deal, but it is looking increasingly unlikely that he will see it out. If he does depart, we’ve considered three managers who could take charge, whether that be immediately or at the end of the season.
Napoli are currently top of Serie A, some would argue that it’d be a bizarre move for Sarri to depart and board a sinking ship in Chelsea. However, he would presumably have a much bigger transfer budget at his disposal if he made the switch to Stamford Bridge.
He would arrive with fresh ideas and that’s exactly what we need to put an end to this stagnation. Abramovich would have to provide him with enough time to fully implement his ideas and build HIS team. Whether or not the Russian would be prepared to do so remains to be seen.
Luis Enrique oversaw a period of great success during his time with Barcelona. The Catalan giants won two La Liga titles, one Champions League and the Copa del Rey on three occasions with Enrique at the helm.
Of course, there is the argument that he was blessed with having Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, arguably the greatest front-three in history, at his disposal. However, he successfully managed to find a way to accommodate three of the best players in the world into one attack, and deserves his fair share of credit for doing so.
Pochettino is a pipe-dream. He has taken Tottenham to the next level, but does not have the finances at his disposal to be able to provide the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United with genuine competition for the Premier League title. Cash-rich Chelsea could provide him with that.
Tottenham have made a habit of self-destructing in recent seasons, but that is more a reflection of the player’s weak mentalities, rather than Pochettino’s inept stewardship. It would likely take quite a sizeable offer to prize the Argentine away from Spurs, but it would be worth every penny. He is already one of the best managers on the planet, and he’s only just getting started.