And so we’ve come to the part of the tale that we’re all too familiar with. The end game. But what sort of end is it going to be?
the next chelsea manager to win the league should just resign on the spot— Graham MacAree (@MacAree) February 5, 2018
Is Conte going to join countless others before him to get sacked in the middle of the season? Or will he be given at least to the end of the season? Will we look back in ten years and laugh at how close he came to getting sacked before turning everything around, finishing the transition and the rebuilding, and establishing the new era of Chelsea dominance? There is certainly a wide range of options still on the table, though in terms of odds, that latter one is probably a bit too optimistic at this point. Some bookies have even stopped taking bets on Conte’s future.
But before any decisions are made or not made, let’s take the pulse of the community and see where we stand. Social media and comment sections will always trend negative since the loudest voices and the hottest of hot takes stand out. The vocal minority often overshadows a quiet majority. Internet polls are hardly scientific either, but they can be a better gauge of overall sentiment.
We should remind ourselves that we remain in fourth place, one point behind Liverpool in third and two points ahead of Spurs in fifth. Still alive in the FA Cup and the Champions League, after a run to the semifinals in the League Cup.
Conte is the fourth longest serving appointee of the Roman Era:
Managerial Tenure Under Roman Abramovich pic.twitter.com/kmSBZDcp5l— Sid Celery (@sidcelery) February 6, 2018
And he’s still the winningest coach of the lot, just above the 66.6% career mark of Avram Grant (who’s then followed by Mourinho and Ancelotti, both above 60% as well).
As things stand, Antonio Conte remains the manager with the highest Chelsea career win percentage in the history of the club. (Minimum five games managed).— Dan Levene (@danlevene) February 6, 2018
But let us see where we truly stand.
Should Chelsea sack Conte?
This poll is closed
YES — should’ve already done it
YES — last night was too much, sack him now
YES — because of some other reason
NO — everybody just chill; we’re still top four
NO — but as soon as we drop out of the top-four...
NO — give him one more chance (WBA home, next Monday)
NO — give him a chance against Barcelona
NO — let him finish the season, then reassess
NO — because of some other reason