Chelsea have been warned to stay clear of appointing Antonio Conte as their next manager by reputable journalist Dean Jones.
What’s the latest on Antonio Conte to Chelsea?
In a surprising report last week, The Independent claimed that the Blues were considering a sensational approach for the return of their former manager, who the hierarchy sees as a “winner” and someone who can “bring structure to the squad.”
However, Journalist Jones has had his say on the matter and believes that the 2021 Champions League winners should stay well clear of the Italian in their managerial search.
“I haven’t heard anything about Conte so far and to be honest, it’s probably safest not to rule anything out with Chelsea at the moment. I find it laughable that they would even contemplate something like this; I know they make some strange decisions these days, but on the back of him basically setting them on fire and then just walking away, I’m not sure that that’s the sort of relationships that Todd Boehly is going to be looking to build at the moment.”
Is Conte the right man for Chelsea?
The 53-year-old enjoyed a successful spell during his previous stint in West London. He directed the Blues to their fifth Premier League title during his debut season in England and also won the FA Cup before he was abruptly dismissed in May 2018.
It is not just in England where he has enjoyed success, as he has also won four Scudettos in his homeland.
However, the coach has never stayed at one club for over three seasons and doesn’t seem to fit the Chelsea vision of a long-term project. Things have always begun well for the four-time Serie A coach of the year, but just as things did in West and North London, the process quickly soured.
In his most recent managerial position, the former Juventus boss clashed with the Tottenham Hotspur board and fans, accusing the club of a weak mentality.
Although the problem with Graham Potter was his supposedly flakey personality and lack of experience, the extent of the Italian’s passion and strong will could be a recipe for disaster when it merges with the new Chelsea ownership.
Luis Enrique and Julain Nagelsmann – who are among the front-runners for the job this summer, according to reporter Simon Phillips – would represent far more logical candidates, as both should be prioritised over a heart-warming comeback for a former boss.
Judging by Conte’s volatile and changeable character, his “negative” and “boring” football – in the words of Jamie O’Hara on talkSPORT (via the Metro), and the absurd unpredictability of the Chelsea hierarchy, it appears it would be an extremely dangerous appointment.