For the past few weeks, there’s been a lot of speculation in the media over the Chelsea FC manager situation. If certain reports are to be believed, Antonio Conte, the current Italy boss is in poll position to be Chelsea’s manager next summer albeit after Euro 2016. Chelsea fans will remember him from the 2013 UCL campaign when his then side Juventus came from behind in our opening group fixture to draw the game 1-1 at Stamford bridge. And, again in the reverse fixture when they slaughtered us 5-1 at home. It makes a lot of sense bringing a coach of his ilk to the Bridge this summer for a job which would be difficult to pitch by the Chelsea board to any decent manager in World football right now given our dismal standing in the league and no hope for qualifying to Europe whatsoever. As such it’s strange to see us being linked with names like Allegri, Conte and Simeone. The latter, of course, has denied receiving any offers from any European clubs whatsoever and doesn’t seem keen for a move away from Vincente Calderon in the summer.
Although Allegri has refused to comment on the Chelsea situation, Giovanni Branchini (Italian Football’s most powerful dealmaker), however, has denied Allegri’s chances for a move to Chelsea Football Club citing his contentment and commitment to Juventus and the Juve Project, I think it’s fair to say that this chapter is closed as far as this summer is concerned.
On the prospect of Diego Simeone, the manager has declined to comment on the speculation about Chelsea but is one of our most sought after target this summer. The added charm of him working with Diego Costa (The Guv’nor) and Thibaut Courtois will be tempting to him of course but, with Chelsea’s almost certain absence from Europe next season, it’ll be difficult to tempt him away from Vincente Calderon. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for that one.
Now on to our most realistic targets for this summer, Antonio Conte, the present Italy boss who has a contract with the National side until the end of Euro 2016, could be lured into making a move to England by Abramovic’s coffers and a guarantee to work with complete autonomy (Michael Emenalo would like to have a say in that though). Conte, however, has already met with Chelsea board in London and is slated to meet them again in Monaco this coming weekend possibly to finalize the deal. It is also mooted that Conte is looking for a 3-year contract with full control over transfer policy.
I personally believe that Antonio Conte could do a wonderful job in England for Chelsea even with the incoming threat of Pep Guardiola to City confirmed last month. Let us pray Marina Granovskaia gives us Conte and a bright future to look forward to.