Jamie Carragher believes Antonio Conte will not be Chelsea manager this time next year, even after the Italian signed a new two-year contract with the Stamford Bridge club last month.
Speculation over Conte’s future rumbled on all summer as his disputes over the club’s transfer policy continued to leak into the public domain, with the manager who guided the Blues to the Premier League title last season keen to assert more control over the football side of the club.
Yet the kind of influence Conte is seeking has been denied to all Chelsea managers since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003, with the Italian tactician’s sullen mood since he returned for pre-season training last month has been hard to overlook.
Conte hinted at disagreements over Chelsea’s transfer efforts once more after his side’s Community Shield defeat against Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday and now former Liverpool defender Carragher has suggested his time at the club will be brief.
“I’d be very surprised if I’m sitting here in 12 months’ time and he’s the Chelsea manager,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“I think he’s the type of manager who won’t accept the involvement from people above, especially on the back of winning the title.
“He’s not going to go quietly and it’s not great for the club when the manager is coming out and speaking the way he is.”
Carragher went on to suggest Chelsea’s ruthless decision making over their managers may soon see Conte fall victim of their short-term approach to their touchline technicians.
“What I would say is Chelsea have a business model, a very ruthless one. They’re a bit like Real Madrid in that I don’t think they value the manager like other clubs do.
“They’re not scared to get rid of a top manager or get rid of someone after 12 months, but you can’t really complain. Since Abramovich came in I think they’ve won more trophies than anyone.
“They have a model where they have a big say over how that club is run; the owner, Emanalo and people involved there.
“Maybe that is a frustration for Conte. He wants more players coming in.”