Chelsea legend John Terry believes Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will stay as Chelsea manager for the long term.
“I think they see him as a long-term manager. Having worked with him, the way he dealt with me and other players, I think he’s first class,” Terry said on Monday Night Football.
“I think they stick with him long-term. We’re only having this discussion because City have raised the bar.”
Terry admits Chelsea’s recruitment during the summer has not helped Conte’s cause.
“I think what he missed out on is not going into the market as well as he liked. When you win the league, you have to set the tone,” Terry added.
“You have to go again and spend nowadays £150m. You have to be in and around the best players. Chelsea didn’t do that as well as they liked and probably missed out on a couple.”
However former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is sceptical Conte will remain as Chelsea boss next season given Chelsea’s tendency to get rid of managers.
“I said at the start of the season before a ball was kicked that I would be surprised if he was still there next season because he wasn’t shy in letting it be known that he wasn’t happy with recruitment in the summer,” Carragher said.
“Chelsea have a way of working with transfers, it’s not just the manager’s decision. But that’s not just at Chelsea. I think managers have to accept that to a certain extent.
“He’s already putting noises out there about what he wants in January. I don’t how well that’s going down at Chelsea to be honest. Chelsea have had great success changing managers, but I think changing Conte would be a mistake.
“I think he’s a proper top manager but I’d be very surprised if he was there next season.”