There are two things that are closely associated with Chelsea – sack and adversity. Both issues are byproducts of each other. When a manager is sacked by the club, this definitely means that he failed to deliver the club in periods of poor form and results, and also when a manager faces adversity, he is likely to be sacked. This is a more global problem in football than at Chelsea. But with 9 managers in 14 years at the club, the issue is a concurrent one at the club that needs to be addressed.
Prior to the start of the season and beyond there have rumours of Chelsea likely to sack Antonio Conte. Issues of transfer animosity, dressing room unrest, poor form and results and strained relationship with the club’s hierarchy have been headliners. Despite winning the league title last season, many believe the Italian is not immune to the sack, but that wouldn’t be a wise decision by Chelsea if they eventually do. Here are 3 reasons why Chelsea can’t afford to sack him:
CONTE’S MANAGERIAL NOUS & SAVVY:
The saying that ‘you don’t know the value of what you have until you lose it’ should be dreaded by Chelsea. Conte’s magic wand has been transformational at the club. His ability to invent a new playing style fit for the team which is reverberating round the world is applaudable. Very few managers have come into English football and have made such a strong impact like him. ‘Contemania’ will surely be remembered in ages. Chelsea have a manager in Conte who is tactically sound with rich knowledge of both the pragmatic and artistic approaches to the game.
LACK OF QUALITY MANAGER OPTIONS TO CALL UPON:
If Conte is sacked, there are very few managers who can step in and do a great job. Carlo Ancelotti is suffering a lack of managerial reinvention with him being stuck in traditional football managerial ethics, Luis Enrique has little coaching experience outside Spain and might not be ready to take a big job mid-season, Thomas Tuchel is a step below Conte in managerial ranking and aside these names, no other can replace Conte.
CONTINUITY IS KEY FOR SUSTAINED SUCCESS:
The need to build a team capable of constantly challenging for silverware requires stability in the managerial position. After a swashbuckling first season in English football at Chelsea, it would be wise for the club to allow him build on the successes achieved last season and give him the backing needed to do so.
Chelsea must heed the advice that stability is key for continuity and for sustaining success level. Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!