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Next Chelsea manager: Who will replace Antonio Conte? All the information you need on next Chelsea manager odds

Antonio Conte, Chelsea head coach, gestures during a friendly match against SK Rapid Vienna.

Next Chelsea manager: Antonio Conte took charge of the Blues dugout in summer, 2016 and is committed until 2019. Stamford Bridge, though, has been witness to great managerial upheaval so when Conte does leave Chelsea, who could replace him? We provide information on all of the likely candidates, including next Chelsea manager odds, right here.

Club Status


Players like Eden Hazard will have to step-up if Chelsea are to re-establish themselves as major players in the English football trophy market. (Getty)
One of the modern greats in English football, Chelsea are looking to bounce-back following a bitterly disappointing 2015-16 season that saw the Blues finish in tenth place and without European football for the 2016-17 campaign.

The club are in desperate need to rebuild but have already brought in an elite-level manager in Antonio Conte, exciting forward Michy Batshuayi and midfield enforcer Ngolo Kante, one of the Leicester City stars in their extraordinary title-winning year.

No Champions League or Europa League football in West London this year can be turned into a positive by Conte as it means Chelsea will be unencumbered by midweek football and can instead focus on domestic success. 

A top four finish will be regarded as a minimum requirement as club owner Roman Abramovich will insist on at least one title, whether that is the FA Cup or the Premier League remains to be seen. 

Current Manager


Antonio Conte

Managing Chelsea is Conte’s third major coaching role in a row having already bossed the dugouts at Juventus and with the Italy national football team.

Though he was a quick, combative midfielder during his playing days, where he picked up five Serie A titles and a Champions League trophy, it was at Juventus from 2011 where he put together a three-man defensive wall that is arguably the strongest in the current decade. The rearguard featuring Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci ended up becoming a staple with the Azzurri and Abramovich will be hoping Conte can replicate that rock-like defence at Stamford Bridge.

Conte has no clear favourite formation and will likely use whichever layout is most effective for the roster in West London. At Juve, he fielded three at the back, with two makeshift wingers in either a defensive (5-3-2) or attacking (3-5-2) set-up depending on transitions and standard of opponent. However, at Bari he played four at the back and has even been known to play four up front.

His focus on tactical preparation, his man-management and his experience with big egos will stand him in good stead when it comes to working at Chelsea.

If Conte can get the best out of players like Costa, Hazard and Cahill then he will have a greater chance of improving on Chelsea's miserable tenth place finish last season. (Getty)


Praise
  • While Mourinho remains Chelsea’s best manager ever, he can hardly be called a tremendous coach in the sense that he takes raw talent and develops it into superstar status. Conte already has that on his CV as it was down to his training ground ingenuity that saw what Manchester United failed to, and made a dominant midfielder out of Paul Pogba at Juventus. Chelsea have one of the fullest squads in European football and it will be exciting to see who Conte warms to.
  • His tactical acumen, ability to interpret opposition strategy and his in-game intelligence often win him the highest praise from Italian media. This is a rare quality in the Premier League and should see him win points over opposite managers who lack that quality, namely Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
Criticism
  • The comparisons to Jose Mourinho have been unending as Conte, like the Special One, is uncompromising, focused on success and success alone and is unafraid to drop big-name players. The current Chelsea players demonstrated the strength of player power when they effectively ousted Mourinho during the Portuguese’s second stint in West London, preferring the chilled tones of interim favourite Guus Hiddink. Will the Blues warm to Conte or cool off on their new boss quite quickly?
  • His temper has been compared to Sir Alex Ferguson’s. At Juventus, Conte is alleged to have refused to shy away from confrontation and while that may engineer great press from headline hungry newspapermen and women, it could cause friction with the man who ultimately decides who comes and goes at Stamford Bridge, Roman Abramovich.
Italian coach Conte's combative playing style as a midfielder has translated into a combative managerial style - will this rub the Chelsea players up the wrong way? (Getty)


Next Chelsea Manager Odds


Before news of Antonio Conte filtered through the football media, Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone were joint favourites to be next Chelsea manager just nine months ago. After Conte, Chelsea could return to former targets like, according to the bookmakers last year, Brendan Rodgers (12/1), Fabio Capello (12/1) and Juande Ramos (16/1), who were all considered outside shots to be the next Chelsea manager.

Unfavourable results and a frustrating performance-level have seen Conte's odds of being the next Premier League manager to leave slashed from 20/1 to 9/2 via Ladbrokes, with the popular bookmaker placing the Italian as the third favourite to be ousted from his role next, after Slaven Bilic and David Moyes.

With Chelsea set to face a gauntlet run of some of the toughest names in English football over the coming weeks, Conte may find it tricky to elevate the clubs rank in the Premier League table.

Speculation over who could replace him may therefore become even more rife than it already is… and we would not be surprised to see managers like Diego Simeone, Mauricio Pochettino, Laurent Blanc, Joachim Low or even old interim favourite Guus Hiddink all linked.


Main Coaching Staff


NameRole
TBCAssistant Manager
Michael EmenaloTechnical Director
Christophe LollichonGoalkeeping Coach
Chris JonesFitness Coach
James MelbourneHead of Match Analysis / Scout


Owner and Manager Relationship


Conte is the 11th different Chelsea manager owner Abramovich has worked with. (Getty)
All the murmurs from the press so far indicate that the relationship between Abramovich and Conte is strong. 

The Italian may have already lost a few games, but the media claimed (in June) that the 46-year-old has the full backing of Abramovich in the transfer window. 

Indeed, that appears to have been proven true in gossip sections just one month later (July) as the British newspapers stated that there had been direct telephone conversations between Conte and one of his targets, Alvaro Morata. 

In previous transfer windows, Abramovich had taken over the pursuit of certain players, much to the chagrin of managers at that time. 

If Abramovich takes a back-seat and Conte is granted the front-seat, then it could be a match made in footballing heaven.

Fan and Manager Relationship


Considering Conte has only recently entered his first pre-season with the club it seems somewhat premature to claim there is anything but a burgeoning relationship between a demanding fan-base and their tenth manager from the last ten years. He could prove to be a divisive character but then so was Mourinho, a clear hit with the Stamford Bridge supporters. 

Conte is a character and will keep the media on their toes during press conferences. He celebrates wildly and his brand of football is multi-dimensional, unpredictable and often exciting. 

The signs should point to a strong relationship but if Chelsea continue to drop unnecessary points then he may not have the full backing of the clubs demanding fans for much longer.

Key Influences - Who helps decide on the manager's future?


One man and one man only… Roman Abramovich, obviously.

Significant Previous Managers


NameTenure
Ted Drake1952-1961
Tommy Docherty1961-1967
Gianluca Vialli1998-2000
Jose Mourinho2004-2007
Carlo Ancelotti2009-2011
Roberto di Matteo2012


Club Honours

Number of titles Chelsea have won

TitleYear
First Division / Premier League1954-55, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10 and 2014-15
FA Cup1969-70, 1996-97, 1999-2000, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2011-12
League Cup1964-65, 1997-98, 2004-05, 2006-07 and 2014-15 
Champions League2011-12
Europa League2012-13


Potential Future Chelsea Managers and next Chelsea Manager Betting Advice


Unless Chelsea start the 2016-17 campaign as disastrously as they did last season then Conte should be safe in his position for a number of years, however, if Abramovich were to look for a replacement then it could feasibly be Guus Hiddink on a temporary basis again. 

But what would the odds be for Frank Lampard taking over as next Chelsea manager? 

Or even John Terry? 

Or both? 

Iconic midfielder Frank Lampard and legendary skipper John Terry are two of the most highly thought of players in Chelsea's history. Could they take over in the future? (Getty)



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Next Chelsea manager: Antonio Conte took charge of the Blues dugout in summer, 2016 and is committed until 2019. Stamford Bridge, though, has been witness to great managerial upheaval so when Conte does leave Chelsea, who could replace him? We provide information on all of the likely candidates, including next Chelsea manager odds, right here.

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