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If reports from Italian outfit Corriere dello Sport are to be believed.

Roman Abramovich has told his Chelsea staff that Antonio Conte will be their new boss.

Antonio Conte to Chelsea a done deal?Is it final then? Is Antonio Conte to Chelsea is a done deal?

Here’s what the English media reported on the subject

Roman Abramovich ‘tells Chelsea players Antonio Conte will be their manager next season’ [Mirror]

Chelsea report: Roman Abramovich ‘has told players Antonio Conte will be their new boss’ [TalkSPORT]

Roman Abramovich tells Chelsea staff members that Antonio Conte deal is done [Metro]

Abramovich has made his choice: Conte to Chelsea ‘is done’ — report
[We Ain’t Got No History]

Ever since the sacking of Jose Mourinho, Chelsea have been looking for a manager to hand the reigns to, once Guus Hiddink retires from management in the summer. There have been quite a few candidates linked with the job but Antonio Conte, Massimiliano Allegri and Jorge Sampaoli were short listed, according to various media reports.

And now it is reported that Abramovich has informed the Chelsea staff not only of his decision to appoint Conte but also that a deal has been agreed for him to manage Chelsea. The current Italy manager had last managed Juventus in what was a highly successful period domestically for the Bianconeri.

He started off with Serie B side Arezzo and led AS Bari and AC Siena to emphatic promotion campaigns. During that period, he was famous for utilising a aggressive 4-4-2 formation, often referred to as the 4-2-4. He started making a name for himself for his tactical flexibility.

His third season at Juventus (2013-14) was a record-breaking one. Juventus remained unbeaten for 38 consecutive games, breaking the previous record from the 1949/1950 season. Not only that, he led Juve to a perfect record at home, getting all 57 points.

At the beginning of next season’s pre-season training, he left Juventus by mutual consent. There had been reports the forced sale of Arturo Vidal, along with Juventus putting commercial interests ahead of footballing ones prompted him to do so.

On 19th August he was officially announced as Italy’s national team coach, succeeding Cesare Prandelli. He has led them through an unbeaten Euro 2016 qualification campaign in which Italy topped their qualifying group.

So that was that. Antonio Conte has his positives and negatives, with the former greatly outweighing the latter. A more in-depth look at why he would be a success at Chelsea (should they appoint him) will be coming up. Watch this space.

Originally published at madaboutepl.com

Post written by Somsubhro Chatterjee
for Mad About EPL, Blog: Mad About EPL, Twitter: @MadAboutEPL

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