Chelsea and Antonio Conte divorce will be hard to swallow for the fans
For a lot of Chelsea fans, the manager they became so used to was current Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho. Apart from the fact that the Portuguese tactician changed the stature of our club forever, he had an unbreakable bond with the Blues supporters, given that his presence, demeanor and class always set Stamford Bridge alight. However, the Blues fans have found a new manager they love as well in the shape of Antonio Conte. The-48 -year-old Italian arrived at West London in the summer of 2016 with a reputation of a man that wore his heart on his sleeves, and immediately in his first game against West Ham, they started chanting his name.
He became so attached to the club fans that when Mourinho came back to the Bridge with Manchester United, he was booed as many felt he betrayed the club fans who turned against their own players in the aftermath of his sack back in 2015. They called him “Judas” but the United boss replied in a way only he can muster. After winning the league last season and also reaching the FA Cup Final, this season has been somewhat different for Conte. After a transfer window where he complained repeatedly about the club’s inability to buy the players he wanted, and it seems the club are tired of his persistent moaning despite the financial support he has gotten.
Chelsea are third on the league table, some 16 points behind league leaders, Manchester City who look like running away with the league title. The Blues have already lost four times in the league already, just one less than the overall total of defeats they suffered last term with a record 30 wins from a possible 38 matches. It is believed Chelsea will let him go at the end of the season, with manes such as Maurizio Sarri, Luis Enrique and Max Allegri believed to be among the front-runners to replace him in the Blues dugout.
For all the managers that have made Chelsea their home under Roman Abramovich, Chelsea fans truly like Antonio Conte and it could take some time before they warm up to a new manager. Fans love him for behaving like a fan: moving through the motions, moods and being genuinely happy when a goal is scored.
The Italian tactician is noted for his professionalism given that he left Juventus in 2014 after the Old Lady backtracked on signing a number of his key transfer targets. He won’t be short of offers, but leaving Chelsea at a point when his family were beginning to settle in West London would be a bitter pill for The Blues fans to swallow. There is still hope for silverware this campaign as they are still in the running for the League Cup, FA Cup and Champions League. It is believed that the club are tired of his quest to have ultimate control over key decisions at the club, which the club can’t guarantee no matter the reputation of the manager.
Chelsea fans must be hoping the Blues stick with Conte, but knowing the fickle nature of their owner, it might be a long shot. He will be missed should he leave, and no one will be more disappointed than the fans that have taken the former Juventus handler as one of their own.