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Will defeat against West Brom end ANOTHER Chelsea manager’s spell at the club?

Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo were both sacked after defeats against West Brom

As we all know, Antonio Conte is under a lot of pressure at the moment.

Chelsea’s recent defeats against Watford and Bournemouth, coupled with an awful title-defence and a long-list of pretty awful recent signings means the Italian is seemingly on borrowed time.


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And with games against Man United and City coming up, as well as a two-leg Champions League tie with Barcelona, things look pretty dire for the former Juventus boss.

But before all that, Chelsea have got to get through a Premier League clash against West Brom on Monday. 

It’s not looking for the Chelsea gaffer

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It’s not looking for the Chelsea gaffer

But hold up, we’ve been here before, haven’t we?

A Chelsea manager, under intense pressure, staring down the barrel of a gun, with a game against West Brom potentially their last chance to save their job?

Well, believe it or not but Chelsea have sacked TWO under-pressure managers in the past following a game against the Baggies.

Monday night’s defeat against Watford may have already sealed his fate

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Monday night’s defeat against Watford may have already sealed his fate

That’s right, former Blues gaffers Andres Villas-Boas and Roberto di Matteo were axed following defeats to West Brom.

AVB suffered a 1-0 defeat to the West Midlands side back in March 2012 and was shown the door the next day, while Champions League-winning boss Roberto di Matteo was sacked not long after a 2-1 defeat at The Hawthorns.

Worrying enough, huh?

AVB didn’t last long after losing to the Baggies

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AVB didn’t last long after losing to the Baggies

Di Matteo was booted out despite winning the Champions League only months prior

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Di Matteo was booted out despite winning the Champions League only months prior

But the former Chelsea gaffers aren’t the only two to pay with their jobs following a defeat to the Baggies.

Roberto Mancini was sacked by Man City despite beating West Brom 1-0 in May 2013 (although defeat in the FA Cup Final against Wigan only days later might have something to do with it).

And a little further below the top of the table, the likes of Paolo di Canio, Mick McCarthy, Chris Hughton and Craig Shakespeare have each been given the boot in recent times following defeats to the Albion.


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Coincidence?

Yeah, definitely. Besides, Conte’s probably gone before Monday anyway.


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