Three potential replacements for Antonio Conte at Chelsea
- 6th February 2018
Antonio Conte’s job at Chelsea is hanging by a thread following Monday’s devastating 4-1 defeat to Watford, which followed a shock 3-0 loss at home to Bournemouth, making the under-fire Italian the scorching hot 1/5 favourite in the Sack Race.
Conte, who won the Premier League title back in May, could now fall victim to the curse of hoisting the trophy, with 5 of the previous seven winners (prior to Conte) losing their job within a year of finishing top of the table.
Below we take a look at three realistic replacements for Conte should he become the ninth top-flight managerial casualty of the season.
Few would be shocked if Guus Hiddink was to come in and look after the Chelsea first team for the remainder of the season, after all he’s previously done this exact job on two previous occasions.
Back in February 2009 Hiddink replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari in the Blues dugout, and come the end of the campaign he’d won the FA Cup, finished 3rd in the league and come within one minute of reaching the Champions League final. Remarkably he lost only one of his 22 matches in charge.
In December 2015 Hiddink returned to Stamford Bridge following the departure of Jose Mourinho. Come March the Dutchman had set a 12 game unbeaten Premier League record for a new manager, steadying the ship as the club rose from 16th to 10th at the end of the campaign.
Hiddink, 71, has not managed since this second spell, but should Roman Abramovich come calling then he’ll no doubt be tempted for a third stint as interim manager.