With the heavily sceptical future of current manager Antonio Conte, the London side has begun the process of finding a suitable replacement, with former Barcelona manager, Luis Enrique leading the list.
Conte has been under the scanner as a result of inconsistent performances this season and recurring rows with the board about transfer policies. The Italian might get replaced by Enrique this summer if he fails to produce any success in the second half of the season.
Luis Enrique stepped down as the manager of FC Barcelona after his contract with the club expired. The Spanish manager won the Champions League once and the La Liga twice during his stint with the La Liga side. Enrique has expressed an interest in managing a Premier League club in the past.
Luis Enrique [Left] and Massimiliano Allegri are favourites to replace Antonio ConteDespite signing a contract last year, Conte’s days at the Stamford Bridge seem to be numbered with several clubs looking for his services. The 48-year-old is the leading contender to replace Unai Emery at Paris Saint-Germain and has also reportedly expressed interest in managing Real Madrid in case Zinedine Zidane gets sacked.
Other contenders to replace Antonio Conte
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is likely to leave the club at the end of the season, and Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique are the leading contenders to replace him. (Source: Daily Mail) pic.twitter.com/IQ3yfiakM9
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Chelsea has also shortlisted Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri who has ambitions to work outside Serie A. Allegri has been a highly successful manager for Juventus in his stint and also has signed a contract till 2020. The attacking style embraced by Allegri has impressed Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
Apart from Allegri, the London side is also believed to be interested in Carlo Ancelotti who was sacked by Bayern Munich earlier this season. Ancelotti was a crowd favourite during his time at Chelsea where he helped them win the double in 2010.
Other managers believed to be on the shortlist are Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone and Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri.
Chelsea’s trend of shuffling managers is set to continue with Conte’s future at Stamford Bridge under scrutiny. Out of these names, Ancelotti seems to be the best option due to the fact that he was with the club previously and therefore has valuable Premier League experience. Allegri and Enrique are not bad options either but Simeone might not be a perfect fit at Stamford Bridge with communication issues being a huge barrier.