Date: 16th August 2017 at 11:47am
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Tottenham take on Chelsea at home (Wembley Stadium to be precise) on Sunday in what will be our second Premier League fixture of the season. However, could this be Conte’s last season, but more importantly, do you care?

I for one couldn’t care less what that lot over at Stamford Bridge get up to, however, on this occasion and with the match fast approaching at the weekend then I thought this article might be a tad more pertinent then normal.

No one can argue the fact that Conte turned Chelsea around following Maureen Mourinho’s dismissal. In addition, no one can argue the fact that they deserved to win the league. Having said that, it appears that the same cracks that brought Mourinho to his knees could be resurging in the Chelsea camp.

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New York Times chief soccer correspondent Rory Smith believes there is ‘an understanding that this will be Conte’s last season at Chelsea whatever happens.’

This clip is from 5 live Sport on Monday 14 August 2017.

Is Chelsea FC fast becoming a joke?



21 Replies to “Will This Will Be Antonio Conte’s Last Season?”

  • the joke is that others are picking the players and are unaccountable! Emanalo et al choose the players yet its Conte who gets the bullet

  • Abramovitch is Chelsea it doesn’t matter who he hire’s and fires the trophies keep rolling in, i would love it if Spurs had an owner who cared about wining as much as Abramovitch.

  • Dangerous post the weekend we play the *****e. I think levy would also love to win stuff, but he does not have the Russians Money to play with. He is a Chairman not an owner.

  • I think the question should rather be; Will this be Moruccio pochettino’s last season?
    It baffles me how you spuds fans abandon your own issues and busy yourselves on another’s. If you are hoping for the “Mourinho season” to befall Conte, then you are in for a disappointment. Our squad is stronger this season unlike yours that is even depleted with the sale of Walker without a replacement, all because of a greedy and spenddrift guy called Levy. The outcome of Sunday’s match will not in any way decide Conte’s faith. You are lucky we currently have issues with injuries and suspensions. Even with all that it’s not going to be a walk in the pack for you. You should be worried that Wembley is never a stomping ground for you unlike white hart lane

  • I think it would be extremely unfair to sack Conte this year no matter where Chelsea finish, but I thought the same when Chelsea sacked Mourinho a couple seasons ago, so anything’s possible. I don’t think that one bad result is enough to suggest any cracks forming at Chelsea yet, but the situation will play itself out in the coming weeks. I suppose it’s a fair question to ask given the lofty standards held by Roman. I think it’s fair to say that MP will be our manager next year unless something goes horribly wrong and we are fighting relegation with 10 games to go – for a club like ours to finish in the top 3 twice in a row and above both Manchester clubs and Liverpool, I don’t know what manager would do better with the same limited resources. As for Chelsea’s squad being stronger than last year, that’s wishful thinking. Losing Terry, Matic and eventually Costa is going to hurt if nothing else than in the dressing room. Rudiger, Bakayoko and Morata are still unknown quantities in the PL and many good players have failed in England before (and one goal doesn’t change that). Anyone willing to guarantee that those players will perform better than the players who left is delusional.

  • Despite what you may think, I care deeply about Spurs and I wouldn’t be reacting so vehemently if I didn’t. Not everything is perfect and I can discuss the shortcomings with fellow Spurs fans. But I just think that opposing fans have plenty of cleaning to do in front of their own house before they can come to our site and talk nonsense.

  • This is precisely what I’m saying@belgianspur. You guys should mind your own business and leave we blues alone. Remain contented with your mediocre season year in year out. May I remind you that no matter what happens at Chelsea one thing is constant, the trophies never dry up- the difference between Chelsea and the other 19 EPL clubs.

  • Chistan – correct me if I’m wrong but you are the one commenting on Vital Spurs, not the other way around. That concept surely isn’t too difficult to grasp now is it? As for trophies never drying up, I can take that comment from the likes of United supporters, where the club has a repeated and long lasting history of success since the early 1990s. I just need to point to the year 2016 to see when trophies did dry up for Chelsea, with a 10th place finish to boot. And we won’t even mention the pre-Roman era… Of the few clubs whose history and success I look to with envy, Chelsea are certainly not on the list.

  • I agree we shouldn’t really care about a little debt ridden club so heavily reliant on their sugar daddies loans, although we are playing Chelsea in 4 days, so this article is somewhat relevant.

  • Only one line of Chistan’s 1st post that I agree with…”question should rather be; Will this be Moruccio pochettino’s last season?”….and certainly not for the reasons he referred to. I was just watching Barca and they are being torn apart by RM and seem a little stale and clueless under their new manager. Honestly, I worry if Poch doesn’t get HIS recruitments approved from higher up, and if Barca come calling next summer, could totally derail our project. And should that happen. there’ll be a lot of ship-jumping…especially Eriksen who’s been repeatedly linked with the Spanish giants…..

  • Hi Guyver, thanks and yes, saw that article when it 1st appeared and in deed I hope Poch stays true to his words. Nonetheless, just as much ambition and money lures players, the same applies to Managers. As long as he is supported correctly and allowed to continue to build what he has started, we MAY be able to hang on to him…..

  • Chelsea have been a hire and fire club when it comes to managers since Abramovitch bought it. At Spurs everything is blamed on Levy. At Chelsea the deal is the fans don’t blame anything on Abramovitch as he pays the bills. Therefore everything has to be blamed on the manager. The stress has probably increased at the club since the Arabs took over City and Roman is no longer the richest owner in town. I’m not sure someone like Pochettino would ever be interested in the kind of short term management that Chelsea go in for. Certainly Atletico have never had a problem holding on to Simeone despite interest from England because he isn’t interested in a job where he doesn’t have control.

  • jod – good point on Simeone and Atletico, but I’m not sure the same logic applies to MP. How much control does MP (or any manager for that matter) really have at Spurs? It seems to me that certain managers at other clubs have far more say about how the money is spent, and who they spend it on. Whereas at Spurs, Levy is never going to give up complete control. I think MP was a promising but unproven manager when he signed, and Spurs were the biggest club to give him a chance at the time. Would he have signed for us if Man U had approached him at the same time? I’m not so sure. I think he is thankful for the opportunity and will remain loyal for a while because of that, but other, richer clubs can and would potentially give him even more control than he has at Spurs. He may decide to put Barca on his black list, but I’d be worried is a Juventus or a Bayern Munich came knocking. Unless Spurs continue to develop as a club, continue to give him increasing responsibility, enough transfer funds and a competitive salary of course. Fingers crossed.

  • BelgianSpur – Think you are mixing up two very different things. Levy decides how much money we have to spend not who we spend it on. Clearly its pointless speculation as far as United go. As you say he was unproven at the time and United don’t sign managers without a track record so clearly it was never going to happen. In fact you could argue he is still unproven, would any of our rivals sign a manager who hadn’t won anything ? “Unless Spurs continue to develop as a club” ? Every home game last season I walked past a construction site that is a pretty big development. Or do you think that playing in front of 60,000 is the same as playing in front of 35,000 and doubling your match day income doesn’t change anything ?

  • jod – I’ll try answering all 3 points in order. 1. How we do transfers: In the past, Levy has failed to secure targets identified by his managers because he wouldn’t meet the asking price or haggled over payment terms. We missed out on Moutinho because the third party owners raised the asking price by 2 million on deadline day. Levy refused the deal on principle. Would those 2 million have bankrupted the club? We also remember the Berahino debacle. Both deals went far enough in the process to suggest that the club was willing/trying to buy the players, but Levy was unable to get them over the line. Levy has also done deals on his own, without consulting the manager (Van Der Vaart is an example). He’s a lot more hands-on than you suggest. 2. As far as rivals signing managers who are/were unproven , look no further than Liverpool appointing Brendan Rodgers. Liverpool are a rival, and what had Rodgers won at that stage? 3. As far as the new stadium, as I said previously, doubling match day revenues is good, but only if the money is reinvested in the squad. Earning the money is one thing, spending it is another. What if we build the stadium, earn the money, and Levy still refuses to spend?

  • BelgianSpur – As I said, Levy decides what we have to spend, he’s responsible for the finances, that’s how a club should work. I don’t pretend to know the details of VDV’s transfer, I doubt you do either, but it was seven years ago, nothing more recent ? Yes Liverpool did sign Rogers, it ended badly and I doubt they’ll repeat the experiment. You imply rather than say (you do that a lot) that because Liverpool did it we can safely assume others would. There is no way United, City or Chelsea would go down that road. Their whole business model is based on buying the finished article, managers as well as players. The only club that might is Arsenal but since Wenger has been there far longer than the owner its impossible to predict how Kroenke would react to the manager leaving. In any case once the new stadium is built we will be even with Arsenal and comfortably ahead of Liverpool in terms of revenue. “What if…” ? seriously ? what if the earth was hit by an asteroid ? Can’t you do better than absurd hypotheticals ? We spend what we earn (as opposed to your philosophy of spending money we don’t have), always have under Levy. Earn more and we will spend more, although my guess is the priority would be wage levels rather than transfers.

  • jod – you are quite the one with definitive statements, and all I’m saying is that you are often too definitive and/or just plain wrong. Regarding recent examples of Levy interfering with transfers, there have been articles in the press as recently as last year saying that MP didn’t rate N’Koudou and Levy included him in the N’Jie deal for no apparent reason other than he would be a profitable asset down the road. I can already anticipate your response that this is merely speculation from the press and we are not privy to internal dealings at Spurs. The claim may or may not be true, but you don’t have smoke without fire. Given how often MP has played N’Koudou so far, it hardly looks as though N’Koudou was top of the priority list for MP, giving that bit of speculation at least some credibility. You were very definitive about rivals not signing unproven managers, and off the top of my head I named Rodger immediately. Let me ask you this then: what were Avram Grant’s extensive qualifications when he became manager of Chelsea? I look forward to your response on that one, given that “there is no way United, City or Chelsea would go down that road.” Finally, as far as absurd hypoheticals, they are only absurd once proven untrue. We’ll just agree to disagree on that specific point, because you seem incapable of finding a single fault in Levy. I happen to find quite a few and I doubt either of us is going to change their minds. I just wish you could be a bit more open-minded and a little less definitive.

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