Antonio Conte has been the subject of multiple media reports about his future at Chelsea and the Italian coach is the bookmakers favorite to be the next Premier League manager fired.
He’s not thinking that way.
Chelsea have suffered back-to-back defeats by three-goal margins in the PL against Bournemouth and Watford and the Blues are in real danger of slipping out of the top four.
Speaking to reporters on Friday ahead of their game against West Brom on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) at Stamford Bridge, Conte was asked if he will be at Chelsea at the end of the season.
“Yes but I’m not thinking for only one moment of the possibility of going away from this club. My commitment and the commitment of my players is totally for this club and we’re trying to do our best. But as you know well in football, and I don’t agree, a lot of time the manager or coach depends on the result. In this case we’ve had a poor result and for this reason we have to pay great attention. We have to trust in our football.”
Given Conte’s combative nature in recent press conferences and seeming to hit out at the club and their revolving door of managers, plus their recruitment department making key signings, there seems to be a perfect storm brewing which isn’t unlike Jose Mourinho’s departure in 2015.
Chelsea’s players questioned themselves after the 4-1 defeat at Watford last Monday with captain Gary Cahill particularly critical of their performance and recent form. For now Conte is holding firm but we’ve all seen how ruthless Roman Abramovich and the Chelsea hierarchy have been in the past.
With a UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash coming up against Barcelona and an FA Cup clash with Hull up next, Chelsea badly needed a confidence boost and a big win.
Chelsea’s top goalscorer Alvaro Morata has a back problem and will not feature against West Brom, while new signing Olivier Giroud could make his first start for the Blues since his January move from Arsenal and Pedro is back fit and available for selection.
The Italian coach still has the support of the Chelsea fans who sing his name at every game, but another damaging defeat to a team in the bottom half at the table would almost be the final nail in his coffin.