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5 replacements for Antonio Conte at Chelsea

S Samaddar
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15.86K   //    25 Dec 2017, 23:43 IST

There have been persistent rumours about Antonio Conte's future
There have been persistent rumours about Antonio Conte's future

Chelsea are a club that, over the course of its recent history have shown a willingness to let managers go at the first signs of trouble and past accomplishments are usually not taken into consideration.

Antonio Conte guided the Blues to the Premier League title in his very first season at the club last season but it seems that his time at the club is coming to an end and he could soon meet the fate of Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto di Matteo among several others.

Even before the season began, there were reports of discord between the powers that be at Chelsea and Conte, since he was not able to acquire the players that he actually wanted in the summer transfer window.

Now with Manchester City almost certain to win the title, Conte might be on his way out once the season ends and here we take a look at the 5 managers who could be his replacement at Stamford Bridge:


#5 Marco Silva

AFC Wimbledon v Watford - Pre Season Friendly
Silva is destined for great things

Watford might be going through a bit of a poor run of results at the moment but their manager Marco Silva has been a breath of fresh air in the Premier League, ever since he first stepped foot in England in an unsuccessful bid to save a drowning Hull City from relegation in 2016-17.

Silva has so far worked on low budgets at both clubs but has been able to infuse a style of football that should be attractive to Chelsea. The Portuguese's sides are very well set up and defensively strong, while the attacking systems that he put in place both at Hull and now at Watford have attracted praise from many quarters.

However, the questions remain if he can make the step up to a super club and manage the far bigger budget that Chelsea will give him. On the other hand, Watford's finishing position in the league will also have a bearing on whether he is considered for the job.

Needless to say, it will be an uncharacteristic move from Chelsea to hire the Portuguese but at the same time, it cannot be denied that Silva is someone who could definitely turn into one of the top young managers in the years to come. Getting him in early could be a good thing after all.

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