Finally the worst kept secret in football has been outed and Antonio Conte has been confirmed as the manager tasked to rebuild after a shambolic 2015/2016 season that seems to be dragging on.
He will take on a team that were crowned champions just one year before but have fallen off a cliff. Conte will need to work out who can be salvaged and who will need to be moved on. He also has a mountain of loan players to sift through and we could see some head back, particularly Juan Cuadrado who has impressed again in Italy this season.
Conte is not someone we at FamousCFC.com have a lot of knowledge about but he has pedigree via Juventus and the Italy job, apparently he is a disciplinarian and this will be needed given the issues of the last 12 months.
It will be a tough job, but maybe Conte can be the one to fix what is broken at Chelsea!
Did You Make A Match Fixing Pun?
Never ones to take the easy road the Chelsea board have courted controversy once again by picking a man who is yet to be exonerated from a match fixing scandal earlier on in his managerial career. Although according to WAGNH a prominent Chelsea blog that has the time dig into these things we have not that much to worry about.
The case seems a little flimsy and as WAGNH state
SHOULD WE WORRY?
Probably not. (Clearly, neither did Juve as they kept the faith during the initial investigations and trial, nor did the Italian FA themselves who then proceeded to hire the man to coach the national team!)
The latest reports all agree that Conte will be free to start the Chelsea job regardless of the outcome of the latest (last?) trial. Prosecutors, after all, are not actually seeking a prison sentence. Even if convicted, he will most likely receive the equivalent of a slap on the wrist, though obviously his reputation will suffer. There’s no doubt in my mind that the media and the tabloids are frothing at the mouth at just such a prospect. It’s a good thing we’re used to such things, right?