Chelsea’s embarrassing 3-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth on Wednesday night, has seen the odds cut on Antonio Conte to be the next manager to leave his position.
As often is the case in these sort of situations, it’s not always just the defeat, it’s quite often the manner of the defeat that does the for the manager, and this defeat was a bit of a shocker for Conte. A result like this wouldn’t go down well away from home, but to get thrashed like that at home, makes it all the worse for the Italian.
It has been one of football worst kept secrets that all hasn’t been well between Conte and the Stamford Bridge hierarchy for some time, and as a result, rumours have been rife for some time now that Conte won’t be at the Bridge next season.
The general consensus was though, that the change would be made at the end of the season, and although I don’t see Chelsea making a long term (whatever you regard as long term at Chelsea) appointment before the summer, many more results like the Bournemouth one, and Conte might well be gone long before then.
Pellegrino has been the sack race favourite for some time now. He was in this position when Marco Silva got the bullet off Watford. Since the Saints didn’t sack him prior to the transfer window, maybe he is safe for the time being.