It doesn’t look good for Antonio Conte, does it?
Chelsea’s season is threatening to implode on current form, and the Italian could be facing the sack if the Blues lose to Watford on Monday.
The boss has come under fire recently for the side’s inconsistent form and angered club chiefs by speaking out about transfers.
The 48-year-old stepped up his war of words with the club board this week, when he criticised their flawed transfer policy that has seen the Premier League champions fall way behind Manchester City in the table.
Conte said that the biggest difference between Chelsea and their mega-rich opponents City and Man United was in their transfer activity, not just in the recent window but last summer, too.
The gaffer said: “We must be realistic and understand what our level is, struggling to fight for a Champions League place.
“We must be strong to accept this type of situation.
“Then, in the future, if there is the possibility, you have to try to buy only two or three players – not eight players.
“Don’t forget, this summer we brought in eight players and spent a lot less than other teams who bought only two or three.”
Although they’ve spent over £200 million this season, the outlay has been spread across seven signings, including the uninspiring Danny Drinkwater, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ross Barkley.
Conte insists that he is expecting to see out his contract at the club, despite the Italian FA considering offering him a return to the national team.
But ESPN Brazil claims his time is running out.
The article states his troubles date back to Diego Costa’s dismissal via text message last season.
And Conte’s decision to bench popular defender David Luiz is also believed to be an issue.
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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho saw his second spell at Chelsea end in disaster after he lost the dressing room following his title success.
And Conte could be suffering the same fate after his debut season achievements were overshadowed by a poor summer in the market.
With the title already gone, Stamford Bridge chiefs may grant their boss a stay of execution even if the Hornets spring a surprise tomorrow.
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