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Five replacements for Antonio Conte

It's been an absolute rollercoaster for Chelsea fans since Antonio Conte's arrival in 2016. Despite a record-breaking Premier L...



It's been an absolute rollercoaster for Chelsea fans since Antonio Conte's arrival in 2016. Despite a record-breaking Premier League success in his debut season and unexpected FA Cup glory this term, the fiery Italian looks to be on his way out of London.

While the news continues to divide the Blues fanbase, with a small majority happy for him to leave, Roman Abramovich will undoubtedly have one eye solely focused on a possible successor for the former Italy head honcho. We've taken a look at the leading candidates for the role:

Luis Enrique, 15/8:

The current favourite for the job (check bookmaker reviews for promotions before you bet) is record-breaking ex-Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique. The Spaniard enjoyed a glittering career with both Real Madrid and Barca in his playing days before coaching Barcelona B, Roma and Celta Vigo.

After moderate success with the latter, Barcelona sporting director and former teammate Andoni Zubizarreta drafted him in to replace failing Tata Martino. Zubizarreta was proven right at the first attempt as the Catalonians won an earth-shattering treble including Champions League joy.

While the next two campaigns weren't quite as impressive, Enrique added three more major trophies to his CV and broke another record with three successive Copa del Rey triumphs in a row. Currently a free agent, the 48-year-old must be considered.

Maurizio Sarri, 7/2:

Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri has been anything but quiet since moving from Empoli in 2015, taking part in numerous off-field stories while his players consistently put in strong displays on the pitch.

The 59-year-old has led the Naples outfit to two runner-up finishes in three years, earning Champions League qualification in all three attempts. Despite a modest spend and the loss of numerous key players, Sarri has given self-confidence and belief to a forward-thinking squad with fluid, attacking football putting some of Europe's best sides to the sword.

Despite a late crumble in their Serie A title aspirations, Napoli will want to keep hold of Sarri regardless of enormous pressure from other clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti, 5/1:

'Never go back', as the saying goes. Carlo Ancelotti made a huge splash on Stamford Bridge in his previous spell, leading the Blues to a Premier League and FA Cup double before unfortunately falling short the following year.

Infamously ruthless Roman Abramovich pulled the plug on his time in London at the end of the 2010/11 season, but Ancelotti found enormous success with Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the years to come.

With four major trophies earned in five years, Ancelotti can still effectively pick and choose where he wants to end up. Arsenal are also known to be at least slightly keen on the 58-year-old, meaning Chelsea may have to make an appealing offer.

Brendan Rodgers, 8/1:

Another boss with history with Chelsea, Brendan Rodgers has been enjoying an utterly marvellous spell as Celtic boss for the last two seasons. Taking the Scottish outfit to record-breaking heights and picking up numerous trophies along the way, Rodgers has recovered superbly to his dismissal from Liverpool back in 2015.

On Anfield, Rodgers famously shaped an outstanding Reds team who fell short of 2013/14 Premier League glory largely thanks to a Chelsea victory at Anfield, featuring Steven Gerrard's unforgettable slip.

With four years coaching Chelsea's youth team to his name, Rodgers will be keen to land the job himself. Could he convince Abramovich, the man who hired him originally, to take the chance?

Mauricio Pochettino, 8/1:

In every Chelsea fans fantasy, this scenario would be ideal. Current Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, going through hardship and dispute with Daniel Levy and the Tottenham board, is discontent after four years of outstanding service with Spurs.

Despite a complete failure to land any trophies in his management career, Pochettino has been lauded for his playing style, tactical approach, youth management and, ultimately, results. So much so that Real Madrid have reportedly kept tabs on the Argentine to potentially succeed Zinedine Zidane.

With near-endless ability and capability, Pochettino would instantly become wanted by every club in world football should he decide his time at Spurs is up. Could the Blues convince him that his best step is with his current rivals?

ChelseaFan12.com

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