Chelsea manager search: Sarri stalling; Luis Enrique waiting; Conte safe

Feb 09, 2018, 00:21
Chelsea manager search: Sarri stalling; Luis Enrique waiting; Conte safe

Bakayoko is just one example of Chelsea's scattergun approach to recruitment since last summer, with the club's maneuvers in the transfer market meandering at best and in some cases (Andy Carroll, anyone?) outright weird.

It's different to the situation with Jose Mourinho, when he was sacked.

"We are the first to be disappointed with the way the last two games went".

The Daily Mail run a similar story, reporting that Enrique is Chelsea's first choice for the job but that he does not want to end his year-long sabbatical prematurely.

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As a person he's very calm. "I have loved the club since I was young and knew this was a team I wanted to play for", he said. Real Madrid have reportedly expressed an interest in signing him with Zinedine Zidane admiring his talents.

Chelsea face West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening, which may not seem like the most intimidating fixture but does have ominous overtones.

But Chelsea don't care, they will move on and they know they can bring another manager in who will be just as successful.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton said the club "have a decision to make" about whether they spend the money to match Manchester United and Manchester City. It could prove to be a pivotal month for Conte and the club.

Now, it would appear former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has thrown his hat into the ring to take over from Conte, should he be sacked in the coming days. The defeat to Watford was the first time since November 18 that they had more than three days between games.

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Yet the Blues remain content to keep Conte, even though there are rumours of discontent in the dressing room, according to BBC Sport's Simon Stone.

Conte's men, having overcome Atletico Madrid in a hard-fought Champions League group stage match little more than 48 hours earlier, lost Alvaro Morata to a hamstring injury after only 35 minutes and eventually slipped to a 1-0 defeat.

The Spanish publication says in its Wednesday (7 February) front cover that the Premier League champions have told the Spaniard he will be given a contract for the rest of the campaign and for a further two years to help build a new long-term project. "He was very non-commital when talking about Emerson Palmieri, the left back Chelsea signed from Roma last week". Chelsea insist no discussions have taken place. Juan Carlos Unzue, Robert Moreno, Rafel Pol and Joaquin Valdes were all at his side during his three-year spell with Lionel Messi and co.

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