For as long as this cloud of uncertainty continues to hover around Chelsea, we cannot talk about it anymore. This is July; and the new season is not too far off, yet, we’re not sure what the managerial situation actually is at the moment. We have made no acquisitions, and there seems to be a complete shutdown of activities at Stamford Bridge.
We all hoped it’d be sorted by now, but perhaps, we thought out of order. Napoli have reportedly refused to yield to our €4.5 million asking price for their ex manager, Maurizio Sarri, and Antonio Conte, on the other hand, seems to be holding out for his €9 million payoff, especially with no real offers having come his way yet.
As a Chelsea fan myself, there couldn’t be a more confusing and worrying time than this. While we’re in dire need of some freshness at the club in terms of management, we also do not want to be manager-less come 2018/19. Conte isn’t anyone’s best man for the job, judging by the way he finished last season, but I don’t think it would be wiser to keep wasting time, and risk total chaos at Stamford Bridge, than allow him complete his remaining year, and then, lose him for someone better eventually if need be. However you look at it, it appears dangerous, but it may be the less dangerous move for us at the moment.
Roman Abramovich has always been known for making swift adjustments and changes when he feels things aren’t going right, but this has totally been a different Roman we’ve seen throughout this reign as Chelsea owner. The club seems to be taking way too long in key decisions, and I feel it might be too late by the time we decide to make that change.
So the best option for us now, if you asked me, would be to allow Conte carry on for another season. If in the end, things don’t improve, we could move on freely, otherwise, we stay with him. We do not have time. We need to start preparing for the next season, and we can only start from fixing our managerial challenge.