As the end of the season approaches, Antonio Conte’s future as Chelsea boss remains unsorted, and increasingly looks bleaker, especially with us failing to win more games.
If Conte is poised to leave Chelsea, it means that a possible replacement is already being readied by the club. With a handful of managers tied to their present clubs on long-term contracts, Chelsea is left with only a few options. We will take a look at the candidates in the running to replace Conte in this post.
Emery is the current coach of French side, Paris Saint- Germain FC (PSG). He joined them in 2016 after a fairly successful season with Spanish side Sevilla. His journey in the French capital hasn’t been a total disaster, but he has failed to land the Holy Grail (the Champions League), which was the main reason he was signed. Emery has also not done particularly well in managing the dressing room, as there’s been a reported rift between him and some of the senior players leading to a fall out.
On the flip side though, the 46-year-old is well on his way to reclaim the title from Monaco, but I doubt that alone would be enough reason to tempt Abramovich into giving him the Chelsea job.
Chelsea has suffered dressing room issues in recent years, the board knows better than go for a coach with a bad history at managing it.
Emery plays attractive football too, which is something Abramovich wants badly at Chelsea, but with the way things have turned out for the manager, it’s hard to see him being the right replacement for Conte.
At 58, Carlo has managed some of the best teams in the world. He has been with the likes of Real Madrid, AC Milan, PSG, Chelsea, and Bayern, and he achieved success with each of those teams. His stay at the Allianz Arena won’t be a memorable one having lost the dressing room at some point. It remains perhaps the only dent in his very illustrious career.
His last stint at Chelsea was one of mixed fortunes, having won the league, and then, getting fired for coming second the following season. It was a long time ago, and Abramovich has since matured from the trigger-happy owner he was into a softer, more accommodating man.
Carlo is currently without a club too, so that is another factor that may play to his advantage. The only concern may be whether he can manage to avoid the same issue that plagued him at Bayern, and has plagued Conte, and Mourinho before him.
Thomas Tuchel isn’t a name that should be appearing on this list considering he’s still relatively ‘unknown’. Borussia Dortmund is still his biggest managerial stint, but he has managed to do well there. In fact, he has been compared to Pep Guardiola by some. He’s 44, meaning he’s still young, and has some years ahead of him. The only obstacle that Chelsea might perhaps suffer in getting him is that he may already have signed for another club. Sometime ago, he revealed he already has an agreement in place to take over at another club. So perhaps that is a problem for possible suitors.
This man is perhaps one of the most consistent managers in recent years. He has managed to maintain a standard at Atletico Madrid since he took over, and that is what stands him out.
Diego simeone has reached the Champions League final twice with a very average Atletico side, and has won the La Liga once. He has also finished in an average of the third position in the league, after Madrid and Barcelona. Considering the financial strength of those clubs, it’s very laudable he has matched them in the league.
Simeone is currently tied to Atletico Madrid, so that is perhaps the only problem with snapping him up, but of course, football is a game of transfers. If Chelsea want him, I don’t think they wouldn’t go for him.
So those are the possible candidates to replace Conte at Stamford Bridge if he does get fired. Who do you think would be perfect for Chelsea?