It seems like it takes just one defeat for rumours of managers futures to be in turmoil, and after a recent defeat to Manchester City there’s plenty of talk doing the rounds that Chelsea’s Antonio Conte is frustrated, and could leave at the end of the season. What Are The Odds looks at the odds according to Paddy Power on who could be in at Stamford Bridge next.
If Conte were to leave, which would be incredible after such a debut league winning season, it appears it would be for no other reason than out of not being able to bring in the key transfer targets the Italian wants in west London. If Conte does depart then there’s no shortage of people being linked with the job according to the bookmaker’s market.
Interestingly it’s former Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel who is considered the frontrunner at this very moment, with very decent odds of 2/1 (3.00) on-offer. The 44-year old seems to have been linked with every job going since departing the German giants at the start of the summer and he himself seems to be holding out for a title chasing, Champions League club club - so Chelsea would certainly fit the bill. However, Tuchel is being linked with the vacancy at Bayern Munich, so it may be that he’s off the market if the time comes that Conte departs Chelsea.
Joachim Loew, the current Germany manager, is next up at 6/1 (7.00) - this would be a more natural successor with the World Cup next summer - if Loew decides the time to move on is then from the national team it would mean he could take the job in pre-season next summer.
Former Chelsea academy head boss Brendan Rodgers is somewhat of a shock frontrunner at 8/1 (9.00) - but with close ties to the club, success in an unbeaten domestic season with Celtic and impressing during Swansea’s promotion and Premier League survival it could be a very natural next step for the Northern Irishman to take the Stamford Bridge hotseat. Fans however, will look back on a somewhat underwhelming final season when he was Liverpool boss, but he did lead the Reds to second in the league in 2014.
If the club fancy going back to the past like they have done with Guus Hiddink and Jose Mourinho then they may look to Carlo Ancelotti who is now available and backed with odds of 12/1 (13.0). Chelsea fans would likely welcome the Italian back to the club but would it be seen as another short-term fix?
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