Antonio Conte’s long-term future at Chelsea is in serious doubt after a series of bad performance and struggle with the Chelsea board.
And former Chelsea midfielder Vinnie Jones thinks Conte does not want to be at Stamford Bridge anymore and the players already know that.
“I don’t think he wants to (be there),” Jones told talkSPORT.
“To me, it looks like he doesn’t want to. I think he knows he’s going to go, I think the players know he is going to go, so the players are like ‘all right, we’ll regroup next season’.
“They don’t have a [Frank] Lampard and a John Terry to sort the dressing room out now.”
Jones also defended Conte’s tactics against Manchester City, as he believes it could have been a masterstroke had Chelsea gotten a point in the game.
“If you go up there, it’s a fortress at Manchester City, the way they are playing – they are invincible at the moment,” Jones added.
“You get five at the back, five in front of them, and try and nick something. If they had come away with a point, I think everybody would have said ‘they’ve done well’.
“But, I know what you’re saying; the way they played was brutal to watch.
“I saw them at Watford a few weeks ago, and it was the same thing then. They were smashing balls up, but they’ve got to play the ball about.
“It was brutal to watch – I will say that – but if Chelsea had gone and nicked the draw and won a point, I think it would be a different discussion today.”