He’s scarier than the Killer clown craze sweeping Britain and it looks like Chelsea king-pin Roman Abramovich has had enough of Antonio Conte.
Paddy Power has been forced to cut the Italian becoming the Chelsea overlord’s latest managerial victim after a flurry of bets in the London area saw Conte slashed into 7/1 from 33/1 in the bookmakers’ Sack Race betting on Thursday afternoon.
One retail punter even asked for a price on the former Juve boss getting his marching orders, like, TODAY, as he prepares his side for Saturday’s early game at home to reigning Premier League champions Leicester.
Reports suggest that the notoriously trigger-happy Abramovich hasn’t been impressed with Chelsea’s early-season losses to title rivals Liverpool and Arsenal, even if the Blues sit just five points off leaders Manchester City after seven games.
And the Russian oligarch can’t blame the HR department on this one if the latest moves prove to be on the money, as he hired the former Juventus coach as a long-term replacement for fan-favourite Jose Mourinho.
While Mourinho now has problems of his own in the Old Trafford hot-seat, Chelsea fans will be wondering if Conte becomes the 12th manager in 16 years (Claudio Ranieri, 2000/04; Jose Mourinho, 2004/07; Avram Grant, 2007/08; Luiz Felipe Scolari, 2008/09; Guus Hiddink, 2009; Carlo Ancelotti, 2009/11; Andre Villas-Boas, 2011/12; Roberto Di Matteo, 2012; Rafael Benitez, 2012/13, Jose Mourinho (again) 2013/15; Guus Hiddink 2015/16) to get his marching orders from the Roman Empire.
And there’s a whole host of heavy hitters from Atletico’s Diego Simeone and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino at the head of the market, the bookie hasn’t ruled out a shock return for Jose Mourinho for a third time.