Antonio Conte was appointed as the Chelsea head coach in 2016/17, and the very first season was a magnificent for him. The Italian took the Blues to the coveted Premier League title that season. However, the next one turned out to be a disappointing one for Conte, and that might lead to a change in the Chelsea dugout.
During the last campaign, the Stamford Bridge side failed to finish in the top four of the league table. Their journey in the Champions League and in the League Cup was dismal too. With a fifth place finish in the Premier League and the solitary success in the FA Cup, where they beat Manchester United to lift the trophy, the Chelsea board are now looking for a replacement in the managerial position. And recent reports suggest that they are about to finalize a deal with someone.
According to news outlet Sport Italia, former French star Laurent Blanc has agreed personal terms with Chelsea management. The club are still holding off to the announcements, but it should be done this week and following that, Conte will have to make way for Blanc.
Previously, Chelsea were linked with a few other candidates, including Italian Maurizio Sarri and Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic. But, as we understand, Laurent Blanc has got ahead in the race.
Blanc had an illustrious career as a footballer. During his 20-year-long career, the defender played for several big clubs, including Barcelona, Internazionale and Manchester United. He was also a member of the French World Cup winning squad in 1998.
Afterwards, the Frenchman managed Bordeaux for three years and later became the boss of the France national team for two years. However, his best results as a manager came during 2013-2016, when he was in charge of Paris Saint Germain. For consecutive three seasons, Blanc won Ligue 1 title with PSG. He was also the manager of the year in 2015.
It goes without saying that the new recruit will bring plethora of experience, and might be a very good option to replace Conte.
While talking about a possible move to the British top flight, Blanc earlier revealed to the Telegraph, “Every coach is attracted by the Premier League. It is the best league and with the financial power, that will still be the case for years to come.
“I know I’m fussy, only a big club would interest me. If not, I’ll face facts and think of something else”, he added.
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