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The leading contenders to replace Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich may act (Getty)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is understood to be on the verge of being sacked.

A difficult season hit a new low last night with his team suffering a 4-1 defeat by Watford. It followed a 3-0 home loss to Bournemouth, a run of five draws at the turn of the year and a League Cup semi-final exit at the hands of Arsenal.

Speaking last night, Conte challenged the board to dismiss him.

‘I’m not worried about my job. I work every day and I give 120 per cent,’ he said. ‘If this is enough, it’s okay. Otherwise the club can take a different decision.… Read the full story