Antonio Conte provides Chelsea fans with another great day out
If Antonio Conte does leave Chelsea, as expected this summer, then the Italian has at least provided supporters of the Blues with some memorable matches.
Last season, Chelsea won the Premier League in some style with the sight of Conte buccaneering up and down the touchline a permanent reminder of his presence.
In 2017/2018, it has been a bit more of a struggle for Conte in the Premier League but on Saturday at Wembley he got one over on his old rival Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea won the FA Cup final thanks to a 1-0 win over Manchester United. Eden Hazard’s first half penalty was the difference between the two sides.
Will Antonio Conte stay on as Chelsea manager?
Throughout this campaign, Antonio Conte has been under pressure as Chelsea manager.
In any other season, a campaign without a top four finish would usually see the Chelsea boss sacked.
Perhaps times at Chelsea are different now, with a lot less investment into the playing staff.
We must also take into account that Roman Abramovich also appears to have problems of his own right now.
Chelsea’s Russian owner was denied a new UK Visa and did not attend the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.
After the game, Conte announced he has decided to “respect my contract at Chelsea.”
Antonio Conte on his future at Chelsea – video
Punters backing Poch for Chelsea gig
Despite a great weekend for Chelsea, the bookies seem convinced that Conte is on his way out of Stamford Bridge.
Mauricio Pochettino is just 7/1 with Ladbrokes to become the next Chelsea manager.
Despite winning the FA Cup on Saturday the bookies don’t believe it’s enough to earn the Chelsea boss a reprieve, and it’s odds-on at 2/7 that Conte is not in charge for the first game of the Premier League season 2018/19.
Luis Enrique is the 2/1 favourite to replace him, followed by Maurizio Sarri at 7/2 and Brendan Rodgers at 5/1, however punters are coming for the Spurs boss, Mauricio Pochettino, who has seen his odds tumble into 7/1.
Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “Conte’s still a dead man walking as far as the odds are concerned, and while Enrique is the bookies’ favourite to replace him, it’s Pochettino who is the punters’ pal.”
Ladbrokes latest betting on next Chelsea boss
Will Antonio Conte be in charge of Chelsea on opening day of next season?
Yes – 11/5
No – 2/7