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Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri could be in the middle of a weird manager merry-go-round

Conte looks like he is going to be replaced by Sarri very soon and it's not for the first time

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The words that could be heard from the imaginary phone call in my head between Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri when the news broke that the former Napoli manager could take over at Stamford Bridge.

Conte and Sarri have a bizarre history of replacing one another and it looks like we could be in for a repeat of a classic football manager merry-go-round.

Just to be clear none of Tony Pulis, Mark Hughes, Sam Allardyce, Roy Hodgson or David Moyes are involved.


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Psst. Antonio, do they always take out the bins in London?

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Psst. Antonio, do they always take out the bins in London?

Like several former Chelsea managers, an FA Cup win could be Conte’s final act in the Stamford Bridge hotseat.

Gianluca Vialli, Ruud Gullit and Jose Mourinho were all relieved from their duties either immediately or shortly after winning the cup.

But the seeds of discontent were sewn long before Conte served Mourinho a taste of his own medicine at Wembley a couple of weeks ago.

Conte wondering whether he should go to Lake Como or Lake Garda with his pay off

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Conte wondering whether he should go to Lake Como or Lake Garda with his pay off

All season the Italian had been throwing shade at the Chelsea board for the lack of transfers and his inability to work with the current squad.

The cup triumph apart it has been a pretty torrid season for the Blues.

After celebrating a Premier League title just 12 months ago, a row with Diego Costa saw the Spaniard exiled leave before millions was spent on inadequate summer reinforcements which left Chelsea outside the Champions League places by the end of this season.

We all know what that means under Roman Abramovich – no Champions League = no job.


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He rules with an iron fist

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He rules with an iron fist

According to pretty much everyone in the media, outgoing Napoli manager Sarri is going to take the reins at Chelsea.

But this isn’t the first time Sarri has slipped into Conte’s job while the seat is still warm.

As Italian Journalist Tancredi Palmeri pointed out Sarri replaced his countryman mid-season back in 2007 at Italian Serie B side Arezzo.

The strangest part of the story is that Conte then came back to replace Sarri after he was sacked just six months later.

We all know how trigger happy Abramovich can be – remember Roberto Di Matteo getting the chop after winning the Champions League?

Although it is normally Guus Hiddink who is parachuted in to save Chelsea’s season if things go badly, could it be that this Italian manager merry-go-round repeats itself at Chelsea in six months’ time?


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