Chelsea are considering an incredible gamble come the end of the season according to the Express.
They think that John Terry is being considered as the new Chelsea manager – and that the board and owner Roman Abramovich may well go with the fan favourite and someone the bookies have as short as 40/1 to take the helm – and that’s something that Phil Brown has also claimed, with the former Southend boss of the opinion Terry would be one of the favourites in the eyes of the fans at least – despite having zero credentials managerial wise.
Conte looks certain to leave the club come the end of the season – if not sooner, and some bookies have even suspended betting on him being sacked by Chelsea after the 4-1 defeat to Watford.
“Your manager’s job is to manage and motivate the players and create that opportunity for the players to express themselves to the best of their ability,” Brown told talkSPORT.
“Collectively it looks like that is not happening, certainly in the last couple of games.
“So you have to hold your hand up if you are Antonio Conte because he hasn’t done his job, he has not done his job for me.
“As far as I was concerned the Chelsea performance [against Watford] was so lacklustre and it was uncharacteristic of them.
“Now people are asking, ‘If Conte moved would Chelsea improve?’ And the answer is probably yes.
“It’s just happened to me at Southend, they’ve won two out of two and now all of a sudden you’re seeing a different Southend.
“Who would take over? [at Chelsea] That’s the thing.
“Would it be a John Terry comeback at the end of the season to go into management for his first time?
“I the think the Chelsea fans would welcome that if truth be known.”
Another man who has been heavily linked with the Chelsea job is Luis Enrique, and he’s a man who has considerably more credentials than John Terry, having won it all with Barcelona.
Currently out of work and the favourite to take over come the end of the season, it would certainly be a safer approach from the Chelsea board – and one that would probably, in the short term at least, guarantee them some success.
Enrique is reluctant to join the Blues in the middle of the campaign, and it’s clear to see why given their erratic form, and ideally the Blues board want Conte to stick it out until the end of the season and secure the minimum of a top four finish before losing his job.