Pat Nevin makes confident Chelsea FC prediction about Antonio Conte replacement

The Chelsea FC legend believes the Blues will find a quality replacement for Antonio Conte if the Italian coach does quit his Stamford Bridge role

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Pat Nevin is confident Chelsea FC will be able to find a good replacement for Antonio Conte if the Italian coach does leave Stamford Bridge.

The Blues manager has been linked with a potential departure at the end of the 2017-18 Premier League season.

Conte has struck an unhappy figure at Chelsea over the past six months after missing out on some of his top transfer targets.

The Blues are in third place in the Premier League table but 15 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City.

Chelsea are still competing in the Champions League and the FA Cup with silverware a real possibility for the west London side.

However, Conte continues to be tipped to leave Chelsea at the end of the current campaign despite winning the title in his first season.

Former Chelsea winger Nevin believes the Blues will manage to find a worthy replacement if Conte does decide to call time on his Blues career.

“The fanbase love Antonio. I like him a great deal. I rate him as a coach as well,” Nevin told Irish radio station Newstalk.

“I hope he doesn’t go. But the next guy will be pretty good as well.”

Chelsea signed England international Ross Barkley in a £15m deal from Premier League rivals Everton earlier in the January transfer window.

The Blues will take on La Liga giants Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16 as Conte looks to win the competitions for the first time.

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