Despite ending the season on a fine note with a cup in hand to wrap his [Antonio Conte] unrelenting efforts, it is no longer news that many Chelsea fans are awaiting his replacement.
Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri has appeared to be the seasoned man for the job. What remains now is which of the Italians Chelsea will choose to lead the team next season.
With over a week gone since the Blues lifted the FA trophy, it is crystal clear Conte is still the manager at Chelsea despite constant unchanging rumours.
So, why has Chelsea not announced Sarri’s appointment yet?
According to football.london Sarri has already been replaced by former Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelloti following his refusal for a new deal.
But he is contracted until 2020 which means there is still an €8 million clause release in place that the Blues will have to pay to land him.
While to many the deal is an easy one for owner Roman Abramovich, there remains some strain in negotiations with Napoli.
Notwithstanding, there is still Conte in the picture. It is understood that the Italian will not walk away from his job unless given a sack.
With one year left on his contract, if he gets the sack, it means Stamford Bridge will have to compensate him and his entire coaching staff.
With so much going on right now at the heart of both clubs, it stands to say that Conte will remain as Chelsea’s boss, for now.
The only reason the club is yet to announce a departure or replacement is that both would require some cash which Chelsea might not want to throw away for now.