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A look at Chelsea's truly terrible managerial policy

Thursday 17th August 2017
Chelsea are rather famous for having little patience with managers, as they continue to aim to be Europe's hottest club. Showing managers hardly any faith immediately following success has been a hobby of Mr Ibramovich's, Ancelotti, Benitez and Di Matteo all given their marching orders after short spells, which included at least two trophies.

To get a greater picture of the Blues' managerial history, you just have to look at the three managers above in more detail. To be specific, Rafa Benitez spent just one season at Stamford Bridge; but still won the Europa League. Ancelotti was given two seasons and still won the Community Shield, Premier League and FA Cup. The worst of all is Roberto Di Matteo. The Italian lasted just nine months, you'd expect a terrible performance from him to be given this little time (particularly as he was in charge over the summer break between two seasons). However, this is not the case. The former West Brom man not only won the FA Cup, but the Champions League too, it really is astonishing how these managers have been given so little time despite the honours they've brought to the club.
Now you have the details, you probably wouldn't be surprised to hear that Antonio Conte has been made favourite to be the first Premier League manager to be shown the door just one game into the new season, just a few months after securing the Premier League title in a dominant campaign. This would be the worst possible thing which Chelsea could do, they have a world class manager secured, who has already proven himself to the club. What more could they want? If Roman Abramovich is looking for a manager who will have a 100% success rate, he's bought into the wrong industry.

Another reason why Chelsea would be foolish to rid Conte of his duties is that who would they replace him with? Over the past couple of seasons, arguably the top five managers in the World have been snapped up under long term contracts, with their respective clubs willing to show much more faith than Conte's employers. For example, Manchester City are definitely going to be unwilling to allow Guardiola to go to Chelsea, as is Manchester United with Mourinho, as is Liverpool with Klopp. With all due respect to Chelsea and their role in shaping English football over the years, I'm unsure which of these top managers would want to manage Chelsea, given their high turnover of managers in recent times.

There really aren't many candidates that come to mind when thinking of potential replacements for Antonio Conte. Perhaps Carlo Ancelotti would be tempted into a return following his short spell in charge of Bayern Munich. Potentially a manager such as Eddie Howe would be interested in making the step up to the European stage, having guided Bournemouth to the unthinkable and managing to sustain them in the best league in the world. Whatever the future holds for Chelsea and Mr Conte, I for one, do think that they need to have a rethink of their policy and show much more faith in their managers, that way they may be able to maintain a greater foothold in the Premier League and even more so in European football.
Jack Drury
19 years of age. Sport and Exercise Science Student at Loughborough University. Peterborough United.

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