The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are fearing the worst regarding the long-term future of Antonio Conte. The Italian’s side lost again against Watford on Monday night, with the Blues looking poor from the outset and throughout the game.
In truth, it’s been a pretty disappointing few weeks for the club, and it certainly wouldn’t be a surprise to see Antonio Conte given the boot.
He’s certainly under pressure, and so it would make sense for the Blues to prepare for his potential departure.
Roman Abramovich is sure to have a list of potential figures that he wants to bring in, but our landlord thinks that he should turn to a former boss to steady the ship, at the very least.
The man in question is Carlo Ancelotti. He led Chelsea to a very successful first season in charge before being unceremoniously dumped at the end of his second campaign.
He’s currently out of work, and whilst his interest in returning to Stamford Bridge is unclear, it’s a move that does make sense for Chelsea. If you’re still not convinced, here are THREE reasons why…
Finding a manager with proven Premier League experience would be hard to come by for Chelsea.
Sure, there are a number of top managers that could be available for the Blues, but they need someone that can make an immediate impact – and most simply won’t be able to guarantee that.
Carlo Ancelotti would represent a relatively low-risk option in that regard, given that he already knows the club and the league.
There won’t be a period of adjustment as he looks to adjust to the rigorous nature of the Premier League, and he’ll be able to improve the side significantly immediately.
The playstyles of Carlo Ancelotti and Antonio Conte are, undoubtedly, pretty similar.
They both value quick, fast-moving football, but they’re also very demanding from their players.
As such, a return for Ancelotti wouldn’t require an immediate change in tactic, with the Italian instead able to make minor alternations to improve their fortunes.
Football is a game of margins, and Ancelotti could swing them in the right direction.
If Chelsea decide to sack Antonio Conte, regardless of whether it’s the right decision or not, it won’t be popular with Chelsea fans.
In fact, if Abramovich does wield the axe, he can expect a similar reaction to that of Jose Mourinho’s sacking – with unanimous anger and resentment amongst Chelsea circles.
The recruitment of Carlo Ancelotti would almost certainly allow some of that to dissipate, given that the Italian has such a strong rapport with the Chelsea faithful.
He’s gone down in history as one of Chelsea’s best ever managers, and that will be important.