Chelsea’s Roman Abramovic Grants Conte Stay Of Execution
But contrary to widespread suspicion, the Italian is now expected to remain in charge for Monday’s game against West Bromwich Albion.
Antonio Conte won’t be sacked as Chelsea manager in the short term at least after being granted a stay of execution by club owner Roman Abramovich, newspapers in Britain report.
Conte was widely expected to get binned after the stuttering Premier League champions suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat against Watford on Monday night, their second straight loss in a week after Bournemouth humbled them at Stamford Bridge.
The catastrophic run has left the Blues languishing 19 points behind leaders Manchester City in fourth place, one point above fifth-placed Spurs as the hunt for Champion League places intensifies.
“This is the worst I’ve felt for quite a while. Performance-wise, I didn’t recognise us or myself.
“It was abysmal. It hurts a lot when you come off after a performance like that.
“We just need to keep strong. I’ve been here before at this club – it’s about staying calm.”