According to The Daily Mirror, the latest twist in Chelsea’s ongoing quest to find a new manager is that the club are planning to bring Antonio Conte in after Euro 2016.
The Italy manager has been in charge of his home country since replacing Cesare Prandelli after the Azzurri’s poor performance at the 2014 World Cup and has done well to improve the side.
Under Conte, the Azzurri have only lost twice and look set to have a good tournament, with the side priced at 16/1 to win the whole thing.
Furthermore, during his time as Juventus manager, the 46-year-old won Serie A three times in a row to end a run of six years without league glory.
Thus, this appointment appears to be a wise one, but Chelsea need to only look at another struggling member of the Premier League’s big six to see why this would be a misstep.
Manchester United appointed Louis van Gaal as the man to replace David Moyes in 2014 on the back of an impressive World Cup, with the 64-year-old taking Holland to the semi finals.
Much was expected from the Bayern Munich manager at Old Trafford, especially due to the tactical know how he displayed in Brazil.
The Netherlands traditionally plays a 4-3-3, but Van Gaal utilised a 3-5-2 to great effect and even managed to beat reigning champions Spain 5-1.
It was thought that the United boss would be able to bring this style to the red side of Manchester, but heading to Carrington after the tournament worked against him.
Holland’s World Cup finished on July 12, while the Premier League season started on August 16, meaning the new gaffer only had just over a month to get to know his team and try to familiarise them with the 3-5-2 formation that would have been alien to them.
The Red Devils failed to adapt and were winless in their first three top-flight games, including a 2-1 home loss at the hands of Swansea City, eventually finishing fourth before enduring another difficult set of results this term.
If Chelsea were to appoint Conte, there’s a possibility that he would only have a month after the Euros to prepare for life in the Premier League and Man Utd have shown that is a difficult adjustment.