Every two years, it’s almost like there’s an inevitable chat surrounding the future of a Chelsea head coach.
The last time we had one was in 2015/16, during Jose Mourinho’s very forgettable final season in charge of the club. It’s almost become a culture for us at Chelsea now — hire a manager today, fire tomorrow. And the latest man who could be on the chop board is Antonio Conte, the same man who won us the league in his first season ever in England. The celebrations have since been over, as we face a battle to save our season once more.
What makes Conte’s case a particularly curious and peculiar one is that unlike seasons passed, for the first time in a while, plenty odds appear in a Chelsea manager’s favour.
Firstly, there is a shortage of brilliant managers at the moment. With Mou gone, and Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and many other top-class managers tied, it’s hard to see a very fitting candidate for the Chelsea role.
Of course, Carlo Ancelotti , Diego Simeone and Unai Emery are all potential candidates, but would they be willing to come knowing that they might be humiliated after a run of poor games? Would the clubs of the contracted managers even be willing to allow them leave until their contracts expire? These are issues Roman Abramovich and his team will be thinking about as they seek a solution to the confusion surrounding Conte’s future.
Another factor speaking well in Conte’s favour might be that we’re presently not doing that poorly on the table. Yes, we have lost some games, and we face a battle to secure a place in Europe next season, but what’s the guaranty things will not spiral if Conte leaves.
The way I see it, Conte stands to gain more out of both parties if things do go down that lane because he’s still a top manager, and wouldn’t have a problem securing another job. Chelsea, on the other hand, may face a full-blown crisis, and suffer the feared.
Things still look good for us, so why not give the man who started the journey to continue? I think it’s time Chelsea (Roman of course) outgrew this habit of firing and hiring at the slightest mistake. If clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have done the same over the years, I doubt they’d have built as much as they have in that period.