Antonio Conte’s sacking at Chelsea is something everyone should have seen coming according to Standard Sport, with the publication claiming there have been signs this has been in the pipeline for a while now, and it was almost a forgone conclusion.
They say that it’s happened before as well, and that Conte knows just what he’s doing.
“Nobody should have been surprised. A very similar situation occurred at Juventus in 2014. The Italy job was waiting for him then and the suspicion remains Paris Saint-Germain are among those ready to pounce this time. A return to his home country also appeals.
It is extremely difficult to restore a bond with players forged on hard work, discipline and commitment when the motivation for continuing is called into question.”
The biggest issue for Conte has been the board – but it seems that the current crop of players are now getting fed up with their manager in much the same way they did with Jose Mourinho, who was of course sacked after losing the dressing room.
Now, it seems the issues in training are what the players are annoyed about – and the lack of variation in their routines – not to mention the issues Conte has seen with injuries – all of which are being attributed to his demands of the players.
“Rumours quickly surface of players’ unhappiness at the monotony of training. The number of muscular injuries Chelsea have suffered this season reinforces the view there have been insufficient alterations made to accommodate the extra matches brought by a return to Champions League football.”
They also claim that the issues between Mourinho and Conte have affected the Italian’s form – and it has caused issues with the Chelsea board and some of the fan base, with many of them wishing Conte would focus on his own team and not the former Blues boss.
“Conte has let loose at Mourinho in a series of catty press conference exchanges and last month sought to distance himself from the club’s transfer strategy – all of which points to a man not seeking permanency from his present position.”