Fourth-placed Chelsea are languishing 19 points behind leaders Manchester City after a turbulent campaign marred by Conte's squabble with his club's hierarchy over their transfer policy. Blues owner Abramovich has never been shy about wielding the axe when his managers under-perform and it was suggested the debacle at Vicarage Road, coming hot on the heels of a wretched home loss to Bournemouth, could prompt Conte's dismissal. But widespread reports in the British media on Tuesday claimed former Juventus and Italy manager Conte is now expected to remain in charge for Monday's game against West Bromwich Albion.
Antonio Conte. Great player. Great manager. No big deal if Chelsea sack him. He’d walk into another big job— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) February 5, 2018
While there were meetings between various Chelsea board members on Tuesday, it is understood they were non-football related, over other corporate and commercial issues, with the future of the manager not on the agenda. Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is among the big names who have been linked with the Chelsea job, but Conte is said to be refusing to contemplate resigning after less than two years in charge at Stamford Bridge.
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The Italian is believed to have irritated his squad with his demanding training schedule and intense personality. And Conte has now given Chelsea's players three days off to recover after the Watford defeat. Having publicly complained about Chelsea's failure to land his top transfer targets this season, Conte risked angering Abramovich last week when he questioned why the club hadn't given him a vote of confidence amid speculation over his future.
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