Antonio Conte should have been sacked by now according to Jamie Carragher
Chelsea faces West Brom in their last match before taking on Barcelona in the Champions League. After back-to-back defeats, they will be desperately looking to secure a comfortable win against the Premier League strugglers. Pressure on manager Antonio Conte is greater than it has ever been. With the Italian speaking out publicly against the club hierarchy combined with the dip in team’s results; Jamie Carragher is surprised that Conte has not been sacked yet.
Carragher had some choice words to say regarding Conte’s status at the club. When asked about how he felt about Conte staying in the job, Carragher said:
“I am [surprised]. Not just because of two poor results or the manner of the results. More because of Chelsea’s history of what they do with managers.”
“Also with his quotes in the press, he’s almost calling it on and that hasn’t stopped. I read his quotes, I think yesterday or this morning when he was talking about he was not very good at persuading the club to spend big money, that’s another dig at the top of the club.”
“He’s almost asking to be fired, I said that last week.”
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Conte, of course, has been taking continuous digs at Chelsea’s officials for failing to secure his preferred targets in the transfer market. The Blues too, have already started looking for his replacements. Several reports have stated that the Italian could even be sacked midway through the season if the results don’t improve.
The Italian recently implored to board to either back him or sack him making it a win-win situation for him. Either he’ll continue to be in his job and help turn around the club’s situation or he would be in line to earn a huge payday. It has been reported that Conte stands to earn £9 million should he be sacked and remain out of job for a year.
Jamie Carragher’s words do hold true to an extent. Conte has been regularly taking swipes at the club’s decision makers. Given Chelsea’s history and Roman Abramovich’s trigger-happy nature, it is a surprise that Conte has stayed in the job for this long.