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Antonio Conte must buckle up or risk getting the boot

Saturday 28th October 2017
Is history repeating? There are signs this could be Antonio Conte's last season at Chelsea. The Italian must check himself to escape the hot seat.

Two seasons ago, Jose Mourinho lost his way at Stamford Bridge after winning the Premier League. In 2016-17, Claudio Ranieri lost the clubhouse while defending Leicester's shock title. Consequently, both men lost their jobs.

The current Italian manager could leave the champions at season's end. Other insiders are insinuating the Blues boss may even be sacked before he can complete his second season, possibly before Christmas.
Whether or not he gets the boot, the handwriting is on the wall for the former Juventus and Azzurri manager. Nor will his dismissal be a surprise. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is known for his zero tolerance for failure. He has a track record for showing coaches the exit without a second thought.

It's been 13 coaches and still counting since he bought the club in 2003. Conte could join Ranieri, Mourinho, Avram Grant, Luis Felipe Scolari, Ray Wilkins, and Andre Villas-Boas sooner rather than later. Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Roberto di Matteo, and Rafa Benitez were all let go less than a year after adding silverware to the Stamford Bridge trophy cabinet.
Conte won the Premier League and reached the FA Cup final in his first season in England but things have since taken a turn. So many factors are pushing him out of the club. Reportedly, he is at loggerheads with superiors. After dumping Diego Costa and signing off on Nemanja Matic's sale to Manchester United, he may also be losing the dressing room.

With the Blues hierarchy said to be growing frustrated and Abramovich quick on the trigger, Conte doesn't help himself by publicly expressing his dissatisfaction. A once cordial relationship has hit the rocks.

The West London club missed out on a number of transfer targets. Romelu Lukaku and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opted to join Manchester United and Liverpool respectively. Matic and Costa's departing without proven replacements added has put Chelsea's title defence at risk. Already, Conte's squad is nine points off the top.
The loss to Crystal Palace exposed Chelsea's poor form. The Champions League draw against Roma, in which they threw away a two-goal lead, may have been worse. Conte teams aren't known for conceding goals. Including the home defeat to Manchester City, the Blues had yet to record a win in their last three matches, until they squeaked by Everton in the League Cup midweek.

Players have been grumbling over his training regimen. Its intensity has been blamed for the injuries presently plaguing the club. Without Champions League football, the side had more time to recover last season. It was expected Conte would reduce his training sessions this campaign.

 Although Antonio Conte has denied all claims of unrest, it is high time he put his house in order to avoid the same pitfall as his predecessors.
Aje Omolayo

I like to think of myself as an easy going lover of all things football, however, I do class myself as a die-hard Arsenal fan but I'm not biased enough to view life at the Emirates through rose-tinted spectacles and can appreciate when we are beaten by the better team on the day.


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