It appears that Antonio Conte will soon be announced as the next permanent manager of Chelsea.
The Italian has won three consecutive league titles for Juventus and will be in charge of his nation at this summer’s European Championships.
So, it sounds like a fantastic appointment from Chelsea.
One man that would know is Andrea Pirlo.
The midfielder played under Conte at the Old Lady and was also persuaded out of international retirement by him, meaning the 36-year-old will line-up for Italy in France in Euro 2016.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich often likes to get involved with all decisions surrounding the club, including the signing of players.
But Pirlo admits that, although Conte is a fantastic coach, he will want to be in charge of everything - which could potentially cause a few problems at Stamford Bridge.
“I love the man, I have nothing but respect and admiration for him,”he told reporters.
"I know if he takes a job, any job, it will have to be on his terms.”
“If you sign him as your coach and then as the owner you want to start making decisions, he is not the coach for you.
Pirlo also revealed how far Conte’s obsession with football stretches to.
He describes Conte in an unusual way be saying that he is “a beast with two wives” - football and his real wife.
“There is a beast in him. I have been in his dressing room at half-time when we have been winning, but he comes in and will be throwing full bottles of water around because of a mistake we made or because he feels we should be further ahead,” he said.
“His life is football. I know he is up until 3-4am in the morning, studying videos, looking at errors, studying the opposition of the next game. It is a good job Elisabetta is such an understanding wife, and if he takes the Chelsea job then she will have plenty of time to enjoy London, because he has two wives – Elisabetta and football."
Having said all that though, Pirlo concluded with some extremely high praise for the 46-year-old.
“I have played under a lot of great managers.” said Pirlo.
“But I can say that Conte is a genius. Like all men who possess genius, he is a little mad.
If, as expected, Conte does take over in west London at the end of the season, the Italian will have a tough task to turn the Blues back into title contenders.
Their defence of the Premier League title has been disastrous this campaign with Chelsea currently sitting in 12th, a massive 20 points behind league leaders Leicester City.
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