By Abigail Withey
Former Liverpool defender turned football pundit Jamie Carragher has said that he doubts that Antonio Conte will still be Chelsea manager this time next year.
The Italian boss was appointed as Chelsea boss last summer and drove the squad to success when they won the Premier League title.
However, Conte has recently said that his debut season as the Blues boss was the hardest in his managerial career which has continued as he vented his frustration over the club’s inactivity in the transfer window.
Because of this, Liverpool legend Carragher has said that he thinks it’s unlikely that Conte will be their manager in a year.
He said: “I’d be very surprised if I’m sitting here in 12 months’ time and he’s the Chelsea manager.”
“I think he’s the type of manager who won’t accept the involvement from people above,” he was quoted as saying in The Sun. “Especially on the back of winning the title.”
Carragher has also spoken about the brutal nature of Chelsea’s business and stated that the London side don’t value their managers.
“What I would say is Chelsea have a business model, a very ruthless one,” the ex-Liverpool defender explained. “They’re a bit like Real Madrid in that I don’t think they value the manager like other clubs do.”
Roman Abramovich’s carries a ruthless reputation for sacking managers.
Over the years past managers such as Carlo Ancelotti, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Claudio Ranieri have all been released, while Manchester United’s boss Jose Mourinho has been axed on two separate occasions.
Chelsea recently lost to Arsenal on penalties in their Community Shield clash but look ahead to their Premier League opener against Burnley at Stamford Bridge.
In other Chelsea news, a four-year deal was signed as this defender left the club.