What next for former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte?

Chloe Beresford by Chloe Beresford / 14 August 2018, 09:40

It was a saga that dragged on and on this summer, as Antonio Conte was kept in his position as Chelsea boss even though his forthcoming sacking was common knowledge, as was his replacement in former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri.

The former Italy and Juventus boss took training at Cobham as recently as July 9th while the Blues were locked in negotiations with famously difficult to deal with president Aurelio De Laurentiis, until Conte was eventually sacked by Chelsea on July 13th.

Such a delayed decision has meant that the boss has found himself out of work for the first time since a five-month spell between leaving Atalanta in January 2010 and joining Siena the following July, with no gaps between jobs at Juventus, the Italian national team and lastly Chelsea.

A man with a vehement passion for hard work will undoubtedly want to find himself back in a new role and so what follows is a look at the Italian’s options for the forthcoming campaign.

Manchester United a tempting prospect

With Jose Mourinho seemingly still unhappy with internal affairs and transfer policy at Old Trafford, Manchester United executives could well make a change before the side get too deep into the new campaign.

A grumpy demeanour shown by the Portuguese boss is nothing new, however he could well push things too far, especially if results drop off as the weeks go by.

Conte is a man who has proven he can bring the very best from a squad of players, not least from his ruthless demands that every single member of the team gives 100%.

This approach was seen in his first season at Juve as he broke all kinds of records on the way to becoming the first team to go unbeaten for a full campaign since the league changed to 20 teams, and also when he won the Premier League with Chelsea at his first attempt.

Bookmakers have Conte at 14/1 to take over at United, an interesting prospect given his current availability.

Staying in London with Arsenal?

Arsenal will be keen to avoid the same mistakes Manchester United made with David Moyes – after he replaced fellow Scotsman Sir Alex Ferguson following 17 years in charge at Old Trafford – now that they have appointed Unai Emery to succeed Arsene Wenger’s 22 year reign.

The former PSG man kicked off the season with a defeat to Manchester City, with another tough test versus Chelsea this coming weekend.

Should Emery fail to make the cut in North London, Conte would again be a superb option in that he is a free agent and has a clear skill in uniting a squad whose members will be unsure of themselves following such a huge change at the Emirates Stadium.

13/1 is offered by the bookies on the Italian taking over, an event that is perhaps not as far-fetched as some might think.

A return to Italy?

While Gennaro Gattuso looks to be settled for the moment at AC Milan, rumours continue to persist that new owners Elliott Management will look to replace him with Antonio Conte as the Rossoneri bid once again to return to Champions League competition.

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Meanwhile Inter have invested heavily in areas of the squad that were decidedly lacking last term, leaving Coach Luciano Spalletti no excuses for poor results in 2018/19. They too were previously linked with a move for Conte, and his availability could prove to be very tempting should the current man in charge fail to perform.

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