Chelsea next manager odds
Chelsea is not having an impressive start in the 2016-17 edition of Premier League, the team of Abramovic earning 13 points in 7 matches, being placed 7th in the championship. All these are enough for the British bookmakers to think about a new manager for the team which is now in the hands of Antonio Conte.
Antonio Conte is not facing the sack as Chelsea manager despite a flurry of bets being put on the Italian to become the next Premier League manager to get the boot this season. The inability to acquire their top targets is telling as Chelsea have been a mess defensively, conceding nine goals in seven games. That is not the hallmark of a Conte team.
Both Betway and Paddy Power suspended the market on Conte to be the next manager in the top flight to be sacked. The back-to-back defeats by Liverpool and Arsenal last month saw the pressure increase on the Italian, with club owner Roman Abramovich visiting the club’s Cobham training ground to holds talks about the future of the team and their plans for the January transfer market. Antonio Conte took over a Chelsea side that finished 10th in last season's Premier League, having been champions the previous campaign.
Chelsea have told Sky Sports News HQ that reports suggesting Antonio Conte is set to leave the club are absolute nonsense. Antonio Conte says he takes rumours of him being sacked as Chelsea manager "with a smile".
Diego Simeone is the bookies favourite to become the next Chelsea manager – if Antonio Conte is sacked. The Atletico Madrid boss is at the head of the list of potential successors at Stamford Bridge with Conte’s future shrouded in mystery. Simeone has a contract with Atletico Madrid that runs for another three seasons after the current campaign, however it's reported that the 45-year-old has a release clause of around £3.1m that would enable Chelsea to prise him away.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is next in line with Roman Abramovich being a long-term admirer – although Spurs would make it very hard for them to pinch their main man.
The first English manager on the list is Eddie Howe, who is regarded as one of the brightest young managers in the game for his work with Bournemouth.
Ex-chief Guus Hiddink is also in the mix after taking charge towards the end of last season to help the Blues out, Paddy Power said.
Roberto Mancini – the former Manchester City manager – is also being mentioned in the British media as well as Manuel Pellegrini.
Frank Lampard revealed he wanted to be a manager and would take his badges once he had hung up his boots. He said: "The problem is I've got to get my badges and the hard thing for me is to have time to do it. I never really wanted to start getting my coaching badges [while still playing] because my eye [would be] on that and I want to concentrate on playing. As soon as I finish I'd like to take it up and maybe be a manager, but it's hard because I only want the Chelsea job!"
Also on this race are names such as Laurent Blanc, Joachim Low or Claudio Ranieri.