Cape Town - Chelsea
boss Antonio Conte believes the club's philosophy of regularly sacking
managers for failing to win trophies every season is short-sighted and
Conte pulled off an unlikely Premier League title win last season, in
his first campaign in charge at Stamford Bridge, after he took over a
Chelsea side that finished 10th in the standings in 2015/16.
However, the Blues have struggled to stay at the top of the pile this
season, with Manchester City dominating the rest of the league. Chelsea
are down in fifth position after losing against Bournemouth and
Watford, which has increased the pressure on Conte.
The Italian tactician has implied that sacking him at this point
would be a poor decision, unless the board have completely lost faith in
“You continue to work with a manager or coach not because of what he
achieves in one season but because you trust in him. Then you build
something with him,” Conte said in a press conference.
“But it doesn’t mean you have to win something, because that’s not
simple. Not easy. Especially in England. The way I look at it, you can
win but, at the same time, the club might not be happy to stay with you.
In that case, it’s right to send the coach away.
"At the same time, you can trust in a coach and his work and continue
with him even if you don’t win, and try and build something important.
"There are two ways. There is a stupid way and an intelligent way.
This is my opinion. At the same time, I have great respect for
everyone’s opinion. If the club decides to send me away, I don’t know
when, it’ll be because they’re not happy with my work."
Chelsea have employed eight different managers over the last 10 years.
The Blues next face West Brom in a league clash at Stamford Bridge on Monday night with a win taking them back into a Champions League spot.
Kick-off is at 22:00 (SA time).