Marco Silva could be appointed as the manager of Chelsea if Antonio Conte is sacked before the end of the season
Antonio Conte has been under considerable pressure after a lacklustre start to the second half of the season. The Italian oversaw a miraculous season last time out as Chelsea won the Premier League against all odds. However, fixture congestion and injury pile-up have affected their form this season. Currently sitting in at 4th, Chelsea faces a real danger of missing out on the Champions League. While they do remain alive in the cup competitions, their chances of winning either seem bleak. Consequently, Chelsea officials have been actively on the lookout for a replacement.
Luis Enrique has been the top target up until now. However, the Spaniard is not open to taking up the job before the end of the season. But if the results do not improve, Marco Silva has been lined up to replace Antonio Conte as a caretaker manager till the season’s end according to The Times. The Portuguese was appointed as the manager of Hull City in January 2017. Despite seeing his side relegated, his reputation got a huge boost after amassing a respectable six wins.
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Matt Hughes writes that the 40-year-old is “renowned for being an impact manager who can galvanise underperforming players, however, and, given his availability and fierce ambition, would relish the chance to restore his reputation, even in a short-term appointment.”
Silva became famous for his tenacity and as an astute tactician before being unceremoniously dumped by Watford after a tough run of form. He will be open to a move to one of the biggest clubs in England knowing full well that he might not be able to keep his job beyond the summer no matter how great he performs.
Marco Silva can be a great short-term appointment for the Blues. However, I am still of the opinion that Conte should be given until at least the end of the season. He is among the top manager in world football and Abramovich should have more patience before sacking the Italian.