Pat Nevin explains why Chelsea FC won’t sack Antonio Conte right now

The Chelsea FC legend doesn't anticipate the Blues making a change in the near future

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Pat Nevin believes Chelsea FC will be reluctant to sack Antonio Conte given their difficult fixture schedule over the next month or so.

The Italian coach has been coming under pressure at Stamford Bridge following a difficult start to 2018 in the Premier League.

The west London side conceded seven goals in resounding losses to Bournemouth and Watford to call into question Conte’s future at Stamford Bridge.

Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique was linked with the Chelsea FC post before Conte eased some of the building pressure with a 3-0 win over West Brom on Monday night.

The Blues will return to FA Cup action with a fifth-round clash against Hull City on Friday night before Barcelona make the trip to Stamford Bridge in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash next week.

Chelsea FC will face bitter rivals Manchester United and Premier League leaders Manchester City in successive top-flight games on the road in a punishing fixture schedule.

While Nevin was keen to stress that he is unclear whether Chelsea FC are thinking about a change, the former Blues winger doesn’t envisage the defending champions making a change in the near future given the upcoming games.

“If they brought in someone right now with the next bunch of games coming up, it’s not pleasant for the guy,” Nevin told Irish radio station Newstalk.

“He won’t look very good considering the run of games they have coming up. That’s something you have to take into account when you are bringing a guy in.

“If you’ve got Barcelona, Man United and Man City coming up, you’ve got three of the four games that are a nightmare.

“The dice throw is there is no point doing it right now. If someone comes in, they will have the toughest run of games imaginable. If Conte does well, you just keep him on. There’s logic.”

Conte won the Premier League title with Chelsea FC in his first season at Stamford Bridge.

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