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Antonio Conte remains Chelsea manager despite months of speculation suggesting he will be moving on from the club.
His inaugural season in West London was a success, but his second year at Stamford Bridge didn't go so well, the club missing out on Champions League football. They did win the F.A Cup but only by being the better of two terrible sides in the final.
With the conclusion of the 2017/18 season, many felt that Conte would search for another club to manage, having reportedly fallen out with the Chelsea hierarchy. But contract disputes and further strains in the relationship between the board and Italian has seen him remain at the helm, with the new season looming.
The World Cup is still ongoing but managers across the league will be thinking about next season, and want to get pre-season preparations underway as soon as possible.
Usually, a new season means a fresh start, but already at Chelsea problems are arising. As per The Times: "A member of Chelsea's technical staff emailed the players who have not been at the World Cup asking them to report to the club's training ground on Saturday and Sunday for fitness tests.
"Conte [responded] by saying that he is still the manager and does not want the players back until next Monday.
"[Conte] has spent the last few weeks while on holiday in southern Italy planning a tough pre-season campaign for the players.
"He is due back in London this weekend and plans to hold his first training session next Monday if he has not been sacked."
Chelsea fans have had their say, with the prospect of Maurizio Sarri still on their minds:
Looks like Conte stays eh?
- WeAreChelseaFC (@WeAreChelseaFC) July 5, 2018
Someone tell @ChelseaFC and the planks running the club that pre season starts Monday and we don't even have a nailed on manager. Conte doesn't know what's going on. Sarri doesn't know. Players don't know. Fans don't know. How the fuck do the club expect us to compete? Shambles.
- Younes H-Hamou (@youneshh) July 5, 2018
Antonio Conte is gonna be our manager next season, isn't he.
- Chelsea Activity (@ChelseaActivity) July 5, 2018
Had a dream Conte got sacked, today gotta be the day now. :joy::joy:
- Thibauted (@Thibauted) July 5, 2018
Conte seems like an amicable, nice fellow; certainly a man with terrific managerial ability - but he has a responsibility to the club, something which he hasn't shown since he won the title.
Chelsea need to be searching the transfer market high and low, in a bid to strengthen and challenge for a title next season. But news of mix-ups like this not only shows a lack of care, it also causes upset and discontent among the fan-base.
Are you happy with Conte staying on as manager? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
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