Journalist Ian McGarry has revealed that current Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will not be at the club before the start of the 2018/19 Premier League season.
He was talking on Daily Record’s Transfer Window Podcast and claimed that the Italian who has only been at the club for around 18 months, will be shown his marching orders before August.
The Italian won the Premier League in his first season in England, and despite being 14 points off the top currently, the Blues have also reached the knockout stages of the Champions League.
But McGarry thinks former Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti will be taking over the reigns from his fellow countryman.
“Indeed, if things go badly in the Champions League knockout stages then he may even be away before then and Carlo will be in situ. That’s what will be happening.
“He will definitely be gone by the start of next season. Ancelotti moving to London is significant because he’s had talks with Roman Abramovich, he is the preferred candidate to replace Conte and change the management style back to one that’s less abrasive and less confrontational.”
Chelsea have drawn Barcelona in the last-16 of the Champions League and Ian McGarry thinks his short tenure could be over even before the season comes to an end. However, whether the Blues succeed or not in Europe, he is rather confident that Conte will be certainly be out of the door in eight months time.
One thing is for sure, Antonio Conte is a fans favourite at Stamford Bridge, and just because one journalist believes he is soon to leave the Bridge, doesn’t automatically qualify for it to be for definite.