Antonio Conte is leaving Chelsea, when you boil it down, because he wasn’t backed in the transfer market enough. He feels that he hasn’t been given the budget to compete for the Champions League, and if he can’t compete for that top prize, he wants out.
The bad news for Chelsea fans is that, according to today’s Evening Standard, his replacement will not only suffer from the same issues, they may even be given less money to play with.
While the club are hardly going to cut off the flow of money to the first team entirely, they are going to continue to limit their net spend each summer. That means selling solid players to provide funds for upgrades elsewhere – hardly a recipe for drastically improving a squad.
Whoever the new manager is must be aware of this. We cannot afford another situation like the one we have at the moment with Conte, who clearly feels he was misled about the levels of investment the playing staff would recieve.
Thibaut Courtois is suing former Belgium manager Marc Wilmots
Marc Wilmots has not had a great couple of years.
He was sacked by Belgium after their quarter-final exit to Wales in Euro 2016, and then dismissed by the Ivory Coast after their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Now it’s getting worse: Thibaut Courtois and his father have announced their intention to sue Wilmots, following his accusation that Courtois Snr. leaked Belgium team news two years ago.
That’s according to the Chelsea goalkeeper’s recent Instagram post, which read: “Mr Wilmots – not for the first time – reiterates publicly and intentionally accusations against my honour and my reputation.
“As well as my father, we decided together to file a complaint accompanied by criminal indemnification proceedings for libel and defamation.”
Heavy stuff, and probably not what Wilmots needs as he tries to rebuild his shattered managerial reputation.