Leonardo Jardim was linked as a potential replacement for a sacked Antonio Conte this summer; just a couple months later, it’s Conte who’s linked as a potential replacement for a sacked Jardim instead — as claimed by French newspaper L’Equipe (via Inside Futbol). The long-time Monaco manager was sacked last week after just 1 win from the first dozen games in all competitions to start the season.
Conte is just one of several candidates for the job, with former Monaco and Arsenal star and current Belgium assistant manager Thierry Henry the leading candidate. But Monaco sporting director Michael Emenalo has a strong relationship with Conte from their 15 highly successful months together in London, and that could be a significant factor in the final decision. Emenalo’s departure last season played a big role in Conte’s severely deteriorating relationship with the Chelsea hierarchy.
Chelsea eventually sacked Conte with “just cause”, leading to the current legal impasse. As reported earlier this week, Conte taking a new job outside of England would not reduce Chelsea’s obligations regarding the severance payments that were withheld, but could still speed along a potential resolution.