clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Antonio Conte, not Diego Simeone, is likely to be Chelsea's next manager

New, comments
Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

During Tuesday's Champions league broadcast, American journalist Grant Wahl reported what he's been hearing on the Chelsea managerial situation, that the Blues are likely to land Antonio Conte after this summer's European Championships. His report claims that the Blues have already had several meetings with the Italian, including once in the United States:

A source well-connected at Chelsea tells me he thinks the most likely manager for the club next season is Italian national team coach Antonio Conte. Chelsea would have to wait for Conte until after Euro 2016 in a situation similar to Louis van Gaal’s timing for joining Manchester United after the last World Cup. But I’m told Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is a big fan of Conte and is willing to wait—and that Chelsea officials have already met twice with Conte, including once in Miami.

Based on Wahl's reputation in the US, I'd assume that this is considerably better sourcing than anything we've seen in the Spanish press, like today's link between Chelsea and Diego Simeone. While not my first choice, it would be hard to be too upset about the hiring of Conte, who was absolutely sensational at Juventus, was tactically flexible, pragmatic, and excellent at integrating young talent.

Meanwhile, Wahl also has some more about former manager Jose Mourinho, who he says will be Manchester United's next manager:

Meanwhile, a source close to José Mourinho tells me it is likely that Mourinho will take over at Manchester United for next season. It’s the only job that Mourinho wants, and as a result United does not feel pressured to make a move right now.

It's certainly going to be painful to watch Mourinho in charge of those guys, but at least we'll be able to enjoy him making Arsene Wenger upset several times each season. Here's hoping he doesn't do the same to Conte, Simeone, or whoever is in charge at Stamford Bridge next season.