Craig Bellamy Makes Incredible Suggestion On Who Could Replace Antonio Conte
No one knows if Antonio Conte will stay at Stamford Bridge past this summer but if he was to leave then the Blues would be hoping to attract one of the world's best managers to replace him. Craig Bellamy has picked a choice from rather left field.
To say Antonio Conte was successful in his first season in the Premier League might be a bit of an understatement. The Italian overachieved in taking Chelsea from midtable the season before to champions.
The problem for him is he raised expectations and then wasn't really backed up like he wanted to be in the transfer window. That plus Manchester City's incredible form means he's unlikely to win the title again this season.
Conte won the title last season against all the odds. Image: PA Images.
And that means that there are constant mumblings about his future. Either the club could decide to sack him or he could decide to leave and head back to his home country.
With the Blues having to compete with the likes of Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola they'd likely have to go after one of the world's best should Conte leave. However talking to Sky Sports former Liverpool forward Craig Bellamy suggested Brendan Rodgers, saying:
"If I was Chelsea, and it doesn't look like the relationship is great there [with Conte] if he goes at the end of the year. Me personally, I've spent all this money on youth players and I want to start seeing them going through into the first team.
"There would be no better manager out there for me than Brendan Rodgers. He plays good football, an attractive style of football, which would please [Roman] Abramovich.
"But also with the experience now of managing, could he go to a team like Chelsea and bring in young players and develop that football team over the next couple of years? For me, he could."
Rodgers has been enjoying his time in Scotland with Celtic and has already picked up his first piece of silverware this season, the Scottish League Cup, and it almost certainly won't be his last.
He cut his teeth in the Premier League first with Swansea and then with Liverpool before heading north of the border.
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