Chelsea look set to stick with manager Antonio Conte for now – and have not approached any potential candidates to replace him.
Whilst his future at Stamford Bridge beyond the summer looks bleak, Sky Sports News understands owner Roman Abramovich is against employing a short-term fix ahead of a busy few weeks with matches against both Manchester clubs and two against Barcelona.
SSN understands Conte will be given time to turn Chelsea’s fortunes around after a difficult period, capped with defeats against Bournemouth and Watford.
Relations between Conte and the Chelsea board continue to be strained. As far back as last summer he complained openly he was not being backed in the transfer window.
SSN has also been told that reports of contact being made with two out-of-work managers – Carlo Ancelotti and Luis Enrique – are inaccurate.
Conte believes his squad lacks the resources to be able to make wholesale changes to his starting XI and has given his squad three days off ahead of Monday’s home match against West Brom.
Speaking at his post-match press conference after the Watford defeat, the Italian declared: “I am not worried about my job. I work every day and give 120%. If this is enough, it’s OK. Otherwise the club can take a different decision. But I am not worried.
“Every press conference: ‘Are you worried about your job?’. No. I am not worried. Tomorrow is another day. I can be the Chelsea coach, or not. Which is the problem?
“My soul is clear. I go to sleep without the problem. I do my job and if this is enough, it’s OK. Otherwise, I go home and I have zero problem to sleep well.”
He added: ““I tried to warn everyone about the difficulty of our path and the difficulty to find a place in the Champions League.
“But now we are facing a lot of difficulty and you can see we performed very bad.”