Chelsea are ready to relieve Antonio Conte of his coaching duties and replace the Italian with Luis Enrique, reports say.
Roman Abramovich has become enraged with Conte’s persistent criticism of Chelsea and how the club is run.
Conte often hits out at Chelsea’s transfer policy and has complained of a thin squad through-out a difficult season.
The Chelsea owner is fed up with the digs and is lining up former Barcelona boss Enrique as the next Blues boss, the Sun claim.
Conte’s latest comments might have sealed his fate as the Chelsea boss again hit out at the club.
‘I’m not a diplomatic man. I prefer to be honest, to tell the truth in every moment,’ he said.
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‘You can see, in 14 years, ten managers were sacked. I see no difference between them and me.’
Conte is believed to be feuding with director Marina Granovskaia, who is a close ally of Abramovich.
The Italian has very little control over transfers and is desperate to have authority over what players are signed.
A defence of the Premier League title this season fizzled out before Christmas and Abramovich is ready to appoint the 13th manager of his reign.
Enrique has not managed since leaving Barcelona last summer and Abramovich thinks it would be a simple task to tempt the Spaniard back into employment.
The 47-year-old is in the middle of a one-year break, but is listening to offers for next season.
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