Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern have felt disappointed after their club’s performances this season. Rumours have begun circulating from Stamford Bridge that manager Antonio Conte could be on his way out after only two seasons at the helm.
Rewind twelve months and the Blues were lifting their sixth English title and welcoming the return of Champions League football to West London. However, a frustrating second half of the season has occurred at the Bridge a return to the Europa League through a fifth-placed finish now seems more than likely.
After securing qualification from a difficult Champions League group saw the Blues face Barcelona in the Round of 16 before losing 4-1 on aggregate, the wheels seemingly came off. Despite an FA Cup final approaching against Manchester United in May, for the majority of Chelsea players, management staff and fans this season has been below-par.
With murmurs of discontent coming during the summer after Conte was unhappy with his club’s dealings in the transfer window losing out on the signature of Romelu Lukaku to United, there season got off to the worst possible start losing on home turf to Burnley.
With the Italian reportedly considering his future, here’s two managers that Roman Abramovich should consider to replace the charismatic manager should he depart…
The 59-year-old has gained a wide range of plaudits for his passing style of play that he has deployed at Napoli, which has seen them challenge Juventus for the Serie A title this season. A passionate manager like Conte, he is well-known for getting the best out of his players as well as playing an expansive and attractive style of football.
After starting his managerial career at Pescara, he had short stints at a number of lower league Italian clubs such as Hellas Verona, Perugia, Alessandria and Sorrento as Sarri looked to build up his reputation in the game. After a superb start to his reign at Sorrento, he was approached to become manager of Empoli who he joined in 2012.
After guiding Empoli back to Serie A via a second place finish in 2014, his side defied all the odds by beating the drop in the first season back in the Italian top flight. This persuaded Napoli to appoint Sarri to replace the departing Rafael Benitez where he has taken the Naples based side from strength to strength, however Chelsea would reportedly have to pay Napoli £7m to bring him to the Bridge
No stranger to Stamford Bridge, Ancelotti is going to be undoubtedly one of the most sought-after managers this summer, following his premature departure from Bayern Munich in September. Should the 58-year-old return to England it would be his second spell in charge of Chelsea following his first stint between 2009-2011.
After a league and cup double in his first season in charge it looked as if Ancelotti was at Chelsea to stay but a disappointing second season led to his sacking. Since his departure from West London, he has gone onto to win Ligue 1 with PSG, the Champions League with Real Madrid and the Bundesliga with Bayern.
Success is clearly in his DNA and is something that the Chelsea hierarchy crave. Ancelotti is one of the most decorated managers in World football and has been targeted by the Italy national team to rebuild the side that failed to qualify for the World Cup. With the third highest win percentage in the Premier League, the Italian may well feel he has unfinished business in England.
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