Antonio Conte, 48, steered Chelsea to the Premier League title last season in his maiden campaign at Stamford Bridge. A dip in form last season saw Conte change tact as he went from a back four to a back three. This saw them go on to win thirteen league games in a row on their way to lifting the Premier League crown, but fast forward to this season and things look a whole lot different; as they currently find themselves fifteen points adrift of league leaders Manchester City.
The main question that continues to be asked is whether or not head coach Conte has a future at the club, or will the Chelsea hierarchy call time on his reign in the summer or possibly even some time sooner. As things stand, even though Chelsea are well off of the pace in defending their Premier League crown, they are unbeaten in their last eight league games, winning 5 of those with the most recent a 4 nil away win at Brighton. They’ve also managed to keep clean sheets in six of those games too. They’re into the next round of the FA Cup, the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup and the last 16 of the Champions League.
Looking at the situation in terms of how the team are actually doing, apart from losing their grip on the Premier League title, things aren’t exactly that bad. If Conte goes on to deliver some silverware this season, while still ensuring qualification for the Champions League for next term, you can certainly see him having a future at Stamford Bridge based on the team’s footballing achievements alone.
The major reason why people are questioning whether Conte will be in the Chelsea dug out next season issue to the perceived disagreements with the Chelsea hierarchy over transfers. It was well documented in the summer that Conte was unhappy with the transfer business done as he looked to guide Chelsea to a successful title defence. In fact, the entire sage was noted on all reputable sports sites, with a huge amount of coverage seen on Betting.com’s Football Betting page. Furthermore, Conte himself through the media hinted at his displeasure over the lack of quality arrivals at Stamford Bridge and with the club being so far off of top spot you could say he has a point.
With Chelsea still competing on numerous fronts this season it’s highly likely that Conte will want to add quality to his ranks once again as he tries to make a success of 2018. So far they have been linked with strikers such as Andy Carroll, Peter Crouch and Ashley Barnes, which for many is very underwhelming; and possibly Conte will feel the same too should one of these players arrive.
Chelsea did manage to recently secure the signing of Ross Barkley from Everton but whether his arrival will be enough to appease Conte remains to be seen. Chelsea have a habit of moving managers on when there have been clashes in the boardroom, so on that basis alone; maybe Conte will be working elsewhere next season.