Chelsea are considering hiring surprise manager to replace Antonio Conte

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte inches closer and closer to the exit door with every passing day it seems.

The Italian has been put under immense pressure for failing to mount a serious defence of his Premier League title, and now finds himself under even more scrutiny for his recent tactical approaches in big games.

Despite being lavished with praise after almost mastermining a brilliant home win against Barcelona, using the same approach in games losses Manchester United and Manchester City only brought criticism after Conte’s side were thoroughly outplayed in both fixtures.

The criticism didn’t just come from the press either. Chelsea’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois openly questioned his manager’s decision to take Eden Hazard off during their 2-1 loss to United, and Hazard himself was found complaining about being deployed as a striker where he felt he saw barely any of the ball.

Added to Conte’s growing frustrations with his board’s transfer dealings, it feels like only a matter of time before Chelsea are, once again, searching for a new manager.

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique remains the overwhelming favourite to take over the reigns at Stamford Bridge should Conte leave, but other names have been floating around too.

Although none are perhaps as surprising as Slavisa Jokanovic, currently in charge of West London neighbours Fulham.

According to the Daily Mail, the Chelsea board are thought to be considering the Serbian, who played for the club for two years between 2000-2002.

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Jokanovic is currently pushing for promotion with Fulham and hasn’t lost a league game since December. His side sit fourth in the table and are just five points off an automatic promotion spot.

He led Watford to the Premier League back in 2015, but left before the season could start after failing to agree a new deal.

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After that he led Maccabi Tel Aviv to the group stage of the Champions League for the first time in 11 years and before taking over at Craven Cottage in December 2015.

Given that he already has loose connections with the club and that he knows West London well, it might not be the craziest idea Chelsea have ever had. After all, he can’t be a more unpopular appointment than Rafa Benitez can he?

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