It is widely assumed that the Chelsea managerial position is the most difficult in world football. So Antonio Conte’s sacking today will surely toughen people’s stance on this. But what most people fail to understand is that success is a consequence of a functional system. Chelsea under Antonio Conte was at first a union of compatible partners, but afterwards a marriage of inconvenience.
Like parallel lines that never meet, Conte’s second season and reign at Chelsea ended before it actually begun. From his poorly managed exit of Diego Costa, the Italian’s confrontational attack spewed beyond reasoning as he often berated the club for lack of quality signings. In the infamous Rafael Benitez’s stance at Inter Milan years ago, it was a case of back me or sack me, as well as on Conte’s part. Obviously his words of discontentment did not only destroy his good work achieved in his first season, but also set the tone and decided his fate at the club.
Thereafter, the ultra-defensive style of play employed by Conte meant we were rarely on the front foot and definitely our missing out on Champions League football was bound to happen. Poor results and form reached an all time low during from the winter period onwards. Spats with most senior players as well as discontentment with his methods were also timelines of his reign. Possibly, the Italian’s unwillingness to be flexible cost him the dressing room. His arrogant defiance of him being a serial winner is quite unquestionable, but when it comes at a high maintenance cost for a club like Chelsea looking to be self-sufficient, then a parting of ways between club and manager is the obvious fate and ultimate decision for both parties.
Surely, Conte will be remembered for his successes, but not more than the bridges he failed to cross during his time at Stamford Bridge.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!