“Conte to quit” rumours resurface

12th Jan 2018

It's about time Chelsea had a new manager – Roman Abramovich usual culls his head coach every two to three seasons and Antonio Conte will soon complete season number two at Stamford Bridge. Rumours that Conte wants to walk before he is shoved have come to light again.

There have been plenty of reports that the relationship between Conte and Abramovich has soured, and that a mutual parting of the ways is what both parties want. Chelsea will need a Herculean effort to catch Manchester City in the EPL and retain their title, but they are still in contention in the UCL, Carabao Cup and FA Cup.

Two names have emerged as possible replacements should Conte leave the club at the end of the season. The first is current Juventus boss Max Allegri, whom has successfully steered the Turin giants to three successive league and cup doubles plus has reached the UCL final twice, although Juventus lost on both occasions – 2015 to Barcelona and 2017 to Real Madrid.

The second name in contention is former Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique. Enrique was the boss at the Catalan giants from 2014 until 2017, winning the UCL in 2015 and La Liga in 2015 and 2016. The former Spanish international left the Camp Neu at the end of his contract in 2017, handing over the reins to Ernesto Valverde.

If he quits Conte is unlikely to out of a job too long, and in fact it has already been suggested that he could replace Urai Emery at French giants Paris Saint-Germain.