The Blues have endured a summer of uncertainty and relentless speculation so far following their fifth-placed finish in the Premier League last season under Conte.
The former Juventus boss lead Chelsea FC to FA Cup glory thanks to a 1-0 win over Manchester United but the Blues missed out on a Champions League spot.
Conte was critical of the west London side’s heirarchy throughout the Premier League campaign to fuel speculation that he would be sacked at the end of the season despite winning the Premier League title in 2017.
Sarri has been touted as the favourite to take over the reins from his compatriot but the former Napoli manager still hasn’t been appointed as the new manager despite incessant rumours surrounding Stamford Bridge throughout the summer.
Former Liverpool FC and Real Madrid winger McManaman doesn’t believe Sarri will have much time to oversee new signings in the summer transfer window.
“Well it’s certainly not helping is it,” McManaman told ESPN FC.
“I don’t think the players have a healthy respect for Antonio Conte unfortunately.
“I don’t think it should matter, he’s the manager and he’s turned up for pre-season training.
“But everybody knows the rumour mill at Chelsea is ridiculous at the moment, I think people are just waiting for him to go.
“It’s not a case of ‘he’s definitely going to go’ but they’re just waiting for him to go and Sarri to come in.
“They haven’t covered themselves in glory at all Chelsea, the way they’ve gone about their business was awful really.”
He added: “Buying players (will be a problem), because the transfer window closes really early in England this year of course with the new ruling.
“So you haven’t got any time at all to get your house in order.”
Chelsea FC have finished outside the top four spots in two of the last three seasons.
“Well it’s certainly not helping is it,”
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