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Luis Enrique ‘preparing for move to England’ with Antonio Conte facing Chelsea sack

Italian will be sacked if Blues drop out of top four and the former Barcelona boss is on the shotlist of potential replacements in the summer

Luis Enrique is reportedly preparing to continue his managerial career in England – while the axe hangs over Antonio Conte as Chelsea.

Conte has been given a stay of execution and escaped the sack for now.

Luis Enrique has been lined up to become Chelsea's next boss

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Luis Enrique has been lined up to become Chelsea’s next boss

But if the Blues plummet outside the top four, jeopardising Champions League football next season, owner Roman Abramovich will sack him.

According to the Telegraph, Enrique is preparing for a return to management in England after Chelsea made him their first-choice candidate to be their next boss.

But the Blues insist no contact has yet been made with any potential successors.


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Under-fire Chelsea manager Conte has taken the shock decision to give himself and his players THREE days off after Monday’s 4-1 defeat at Watford.

Antonio Conte has been given a stay of execution by the Blues

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Antonio Conte has been given a stay of execution by the Blues

Chelsea were thumped 4-1 by Watford on Monday night

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Chelsea were thumped 4-1 by Watford on Monday night

He was also backed by captain Gary Cahill, who maintains he is doing an “unbelievable job”.

Some stars have been unhappy at Conte’s training methods.

Chelsea have conceded seven goals in two heavy defeats to Bournemouth and Watford, sparking player unrest.

Some stars feel a change of boss is inevitable — but Conte insists he will not resign.


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Roman Abramovich is expected to sack Antonio Conte in the summer

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Roman Abramovich is expected to sack Antonio Conte in the summer

The Italian still has 18 months left on his £9.6million-a-year contract and says he wants to stay on and see the job through.

Chelsea have sacked previous managers Jose Mourinho, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Roberto Di Matteo and Andre Villas-Boas in mid-season.

The Blues face West Brom on Monday as they look to get their season back on track.

Antonio Conte shows the strain during Chelsea’s defeat at Watford

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Antonio Conte shows the strain during Chelsea’s defeat at Watford

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