Chelsea are now dangerously close to missing out on Champions League qualification for next season after losing to Tottenham 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The Blues entered 2018 third on the table and at a time were close to beating Manchester United to the second position. However, Antonio Conte’s side deteriorated badly in 2018, and the Blues are now fifth on the table, eight points behind Tottenham in fourth.
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes Conte will no longer be the manager of the club at the end of the season and that his whinging in the press over transfers has cost him this season.
“It’s just the nature of the job here. It’s such that when you have a season slightly worse than before, you go,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“It ends up becoming a bit messy, press conferences become the boardroom versus manager, it’s happened here many, many times.”
Neville believes Conte has marred his second season at the club because of his persistent complaints about the lack of new arrivals in the transfer window.
“I think if he’d gone through this season, finished fifth and things had not quite gone for him, if they’d remained competitive, I would have said that’s not such a problem.
“But it’s the idea of complaining about the lack of support in the transfer market, saying the players they signed aren’t quite as good as they should be, I don’t like that.
“I think it’s too easy for managers to say they aren’t supported. I have to say, that’s the only thing I have to say against Antonio Conte, the whinging in the press conferences.”