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Conte's dirty laundry out in the sun following sacking

Post by Blue Barrett on Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:43 am

He's threatening legal battle with Chelsea following his sacking because.....get this.....we sacked him with cause and have refused to pay him or his staff the last year of their salary. And boy is the case against him pretty juicy.

Matt Law - Daily Telegraph wrote:It was the 10 days last summer during which Chelsea could not get in touch with their head coach that the relationship between the club and Antonio Conte was terminally eradicated.

And there has been some sense of revenge about the way in which the Blues left Conte in the dark over his future after May’s FA Cup final success, even allowing him to return for the start of pre-season training on Monday.

There were few congratulations from on high after Conte’s team beat Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United at Wembley. Instead, there was largely silence that lasted until the inevitable was finally conveyed after he had taken training on Thursday.

Some sources still believe Conte was last year considering an offer from Inter Milan, when he did not pick up the telephone, return messages or respond to emails.

Whatever the exact reasons behind it, Conte’s disappearing act sent Chelsea into a state of panic and convinced them he wanted out. Peace talks were hastily arranged and a new contract was eventually signed as a reward for winning the Premier League title. But, tellingly, there was no extension.

Nobody could be sure Conte would not pull a similar trick again and Chelsea did not want to be liable for more than one year’s money if, as has transpired, they decided to sack the Italian.

It was not just Chelsea who had become suspicious, however, as Conte also lost faith in his employers during a summer in which he felt none of his main targets were signed.

Conte wanted Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Alex Sandro and Virgil van Dijk, but by the time Chelsea returned for pre-season on July 10 last year Lukaku had joined Manchester United instead and the Blues’ only outfield signing, Antonio Rudiger, was not ready to start training after playing in the Confederations Cup for Germany.

With a Premier League trophy to use as a bargaining chip against club policy, Conte felt empowered to take on his employers. He warned people their jobs were on the line and that they would see ‘the real Antonio Conte’ if he did not get what he wanted.

He is still rated as one of the best coaches the club has ever employed, but there is a feeling that Conte’s judgement became clouded at key points by an obsession to prove he was right.

There was bemusement from within the squad when he called a pre-season meeting to supposedly welcome Chelsea’s new signings and introduced Paolo Vanoli and Davide Mazzotta, who had joined his backroom staff.

For a short while nobody knew whether or not Conte was being serious, but it quickly became clear that he was underlining the fact there were no new players for him to show off.

Former technical director Michael Emenalo is believed to have been in the room for Conte’s joke that highlighted the gap that was already developing between the 48-year-old and his board.

Of course, one player who had not been part of the pre-season meeting was Diego Costa, who effectively went on strike in Brazil after being informed he was no longer part of Conte’s plans over text message.

That move went down spectacularly badly inside the Chelsea boardroom, as Conte had acted without their approval and had risked damaging Costa’s value.

The message was also forwarded throughout the Chelsea squad, who were astonished that the club’s top scorer in their title-winning campaign could be treated in such a way – even though he had been causing problems since rowing with Conte last January.

More difficulties with members of his squad surfaced during the season, as Conte dropped David Luiz after the Brazilian was perceived to have questioned his tactics during a stormy inquest in which Kenedy was given a dressing down for yawning.

Injuries contributed to his absence, but Luiz only played five times after the thrashing in Rome, which took place in October and Kenedy was loaned out to Newcastle United in January.

The 5-0 victory over Stoke City on December 31 meant that, despite all the angst, Chelsea finished 2017 in second place in the Premier League and still in all of the cup competitions.

But tensions boiled up again during a January transfer window in which Conte wanted the Blues to back him with bids for Sanchez and Sandro, both of whom he believed were available.

He had not spoken with anybody more senior than Emenalo, who left Chelsea in November, between August and December, and his requests were unsurprisingly ignored. In the end, he had to be content with Olivier Giroud, Emerson Palmieri and Ross Barkley.

Conte had nothing against Giroud, who proved to be a shrewd addition, or Emerson, but felt that, while United were pushing the boat out for Sanchez, Chelsea were trying to strengthen from the substitutes’ benches of Arsenal and Roma.

Once January passed and the transfer window had shut, Conte once again cut himself off from his employers and serious consideration was given to making a change after the embarrassing defeats to Bournemouth and Watford.

Rather than sack him mid-season and land themselves with a huge compensation bill, Chelsea decided to see if they and Conte could ride out the storm together.

But any hope of Champions League qualification was effectively eradicated by the successive defeats to Manchester United and City, when Conte’s tactics were widely condemned, along with his use of Eden Hazard as a false nine.

Hazard had been prepared to sacrifice himself for the supposed greater good up to that point, but sometime after the City loss the Belgian was pulled aside by Conte and had his commitment questioned.

Chelsea have desperately been trying to convince Hazard to sign a new £300,000-a-week contract, but word quickly got round that he was becoming annoyed by his head coach and it showed on the pitch.

More fall-outs were to follow, as Conte dropped Rudiger for giving a television interview in which he appeared to question the team’s approach and the former Juventus coach screamed at his squad that they were all “s***” during half-time in the Premier League victory over Southampton, in which Chelsea came back from two goals behind.

The FA Cup final success over United provided some consolation, but not even that could mask the disharmony in the background as Willian posted a picture on social media of the squad celebrating with carefully placed trophy emojis to hide Conte.

Luiz and Willian would have never played for Chelsea again while Conte was in in charge and there is every likelihood others would have been frozen out as well.

In his post-match press conference at Wembley, Conte repeated seven times ‘I can’t change’ which pretty much told Chelsea everything they needed to know and had Roman Abramovich reaching for the reset button once again - even if it took some time for him to press it.

Officially anti-Conte as a person now. This is absolute scum behaviour. There have been reports he yells at and disapproves of several lower level staff around the training ground too (a bit like Mourinho 2.0's last season). Conte's ego is his downfall. It's cool when you're a player but as a manager? NO. This is only going to make him look cancerous to prospective new employers. It would be better for him if he just moved on like Van Gaal.

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Re: Conte's dirty laundry out in the sun following sacking

Post by Luca on Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:50 am

Where in that article does it say he was sacked with cause?

Edit- if Conte's fiery personalty triggers you now, you're in for a treat with Sarri Proud
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Re: Conte's dirty laundry out in the sun following sacking

Post by Kaladin on Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:58 am

Conte is in the right here, Chelsea doesn’t want to pay because they are already getting cheated to get Sarri with De Laurentiis demanding them to release him from the contract, it makes them look bad. Your club has a scummy track record of bad business practices, it happened with Anelka,with Willian, with Hiddink. Grow a pair and remove those rose tinted glasses

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Post by Mr Nick09 on Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:03 am

chelsea look like a club with no ambition nowadays, that title in 2016-17 was ALL Conte wielding black magic. He is a character but Chelsea are not even making the signings to be competitive compared to the other big clubs in england and now they stand to lose Hazard and Courtois. Meh

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Re: Conte's dirty laundry out in the sun following sacking

Post by Art Morte on Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:03 am

A manager shouldn't fall out with his players as much as Conte seems to have done at Chelsea. It's simply really bad man management and personal insecurity if you freeze out every player who happens to disagree with you on occasion. Or if players don't want to play for you since your only motivational tool is to shout at them and tell them they're shit.

That said, I don't know why Conte wouldn't be entitled to compensation. Nothing in that article suggested to me Conte had breached his contract with his actions.

But Chelsea need to start making some more impressive signings if they want to keep their next manager happy.
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Post by urbaNRoots on Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:08 am

That's the story Chelsea fed to their trusted journalist, I'll wait on Conte's side.
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Re: Conte's dirty laundry out in the sun following sacking

Post by rincon on Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:36 am

Chelsea looks like a village club during all of this. They don't want to pay the agreed compensation to a coach they are scaling. They don't want to pay the agreed compensation to a coach they are signing.

What happened to the ambitious Chelsea of the last 15 years?


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Re: Conte's dirty laundry out in the sun following sacking

Post by Nishankly on Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:51 am

Isn't Sarri much worse than Conte lmao?

Hoping PSG takes Kante away asap.
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Re: Conte's dirty laundry out in the sun following sacking

Post by rincon on Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:04 am

@Nishankly wrote:Isn't Sarri much worse than Conte lmao?

Hoping PSG takes Kante away asap.


Yep. Conte had no falling out with players like this at Bari, Juve or Italy. Sarri on the other hand is famous for alienating everyone who doesn't fit him. It's one of the few things (almost the only thing) that ADL has a right to complain about as it kept making signings pointless.

Chelsea's managers don't last 2 seasons on average. Too much player power and mismanagement from the board.
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Post by zigra on Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:40 am

@Art Morte wrote:
That said, I don't know why Conte wouldn't be entitled to compensation. Nothing in that article suggested to me Conte had breached his contract with his actions.


Pretty much.
Expected something very different after that introduction from BB tbh Laughing
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Post by Firenze on Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:13 am

errr, there's zero probable cause there, they just want to let Conte take them to court in a protracted lawsuit to get his money even if it costs them a little extra in the long run out of spite
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Re: Conte's dirty laundry out in the sun following sacking

Post by giovanni_milan on Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:28 pm

Conte's dirty laundry?

Thats got to be a joke right. Abramovich has paid out stupid amounts just on coaching...i think its close to 100m in compensation, is it Conte's fault?? maybe it was Ancelottis fault, or mourinho before him, or the countless slew of coaches supposedly not good enough to be on the bench despite earlier EPL titles.

They constantly overspend on players and now attracting new talent becomes something of a bother, there are so many wasteful, mismanaged and outright baffling decisions being made on behalf of this club

So you have a winning coach and instead of getting him the players he requests...he goes from vvd to rudiger, from lukaku to Morata and then Giroud, signs drinkwater and barkley, yet you blame him

And now youre paying close to 20m on 2 coaches...

but yeah its Conte's fault, his attitude is literally the reason you wanted him, and it works. he has the accolades to show that. And then you have the guy resuming training, only to make a fool out of him by sacking him a day later...because you couldnt get it figured out enough to be professional to that guy

Chelsea arent exactly an example of good business practice, and class, they are far from it actually.

so you can be anti-conte, but im fast losing respect for a club i actually admired some time
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Post by Zagadka on Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:30 pm

Imagine being so nasty and having so much bile and hate against a manager that won you 2 major trophies in 2 years, including going on a record-breaking winning run and winning 30 games out of 38.

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Post by giovanni_milan on Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:35 pm

its a farce
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Post by Luca on Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:38 pm

It's ok. Sarri is known for being much more conservative and toned down.

Here's him waving to the cameras in Torino:



And months before, here's an interview of him praising his players after defeat:

Sarri punge: “Ounas non è Cristiano Ronaldo”

His original claim to fame was when he wanted to know if Mancini wanted to date him, demonstrating unbelievable bravery

Mancini claims Sarri shouted "poof" and another homophobic slur as Inter sealed a 2-0 quarter-final win on Tuesday.

"People like him cannot be in football. If not, it never gets better."

Sarri, 57, claimed not to remember the exact words he had used towards Mancini during what was only Napoli's second defeat since August, adding that he had "heard worse on a football pitch".

"These are things that should end on the field," Sarri told Rai Sport.
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Post by breva on Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:27 pm

Sarri is much more of a dick than Conte. He has called rival coaches gay using a much more disparaging word. He curses at the players. You guys are in for a surprise.
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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce on Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:33 pm

@Zagadka wrote:Imagine being so nasty and having so much bile and hate against a manager that won you 2 major trophies in 2 years, including going on a record-breaking winning run and winning 30 games out of 38.

Laughing


Same fan base who hated Benitez for winning them two trophies in 4 months tbf

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Re: Conte's dirty laundry out in the sun following sacking

Post by Nishankly on Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:42 pm

How can you hate Benitez, man's smile alone makes you feel there is something more to live for. Chelsea is a weird club.
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