Chelsea board is eyeing Luis Enrique as a possible replacement for increasingly unsettled Antonio Conte
Chelsea has endured a tough season under the Italian. With rumours of increasing friction between him and the board, Conte’s days at Stamford Bridge seem to be winding down. Although he has reiterated that he is happy with the players at his disposal but Chelsea’s transfer failures have left him frustrated. Daily Mail has reported that Chelsea is after Luis Enrique. The Catalan last managed Barcelona in a trophy-laden three-year spell at Camp Nou.
Former Barcelona boss Enrique in line for Chelsea job as Conte's ongoing feud with board leaves his position in doubt https://t.co/UhOlJIglMB pic.twitter.com/chMThlwVft
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) January 27, 2018
Antonio Conte signed a new deal, after leading Chelsea to the Premier League title, at the end of last season. Interestingly, however, the new deal only increased his wages and did not extend the duration of the deal which currently lasts until 2019.
After the very public Diego Costa fiasco, the Italian has been at odds with the Chelsea hierarchy on various issues. But the club’s activities in the transfer window have been the main sticking point. It was put to him that he could lose his job on account of his outspoken nature, to which he replied:
“I’m not a diplomatic man. At the same time, I think I’m very honest. The honest person speaks very clearly in every moment. If you are fake, you try always to not tell the truth. I prefer to be honest, to tell the truth in every moment. I hate the fake person.”
Conte’s recent statements regarding the club’s workings in transfer window led him into hot water with owner Roman Abramovich and director Marina Granvoskaia.
Ross Barkley has been Chelsea’s only signing this window. On the other hand, Conte is also demanding a left-back and a target man to beef an injury-stricken squad.
Luis Enrique has been out of the job ever since being replaced by Ernesto Valverde at the helm of Barcelona. He is currently on a self-imposed sabbatical but will be open to any managerial jobs that come his way next season.
Luis Enrique is a great manager who has proven his tactical acumen and man-management abilities during his time in charge of the Blaugrana. However, Chelsea’s problems are not with the manager’s on-field commitment but with his personality. Such kind of things can be sorted out easily without taking the drastic step of replacing them altogether.
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