Conte tells Chelsea: 'Don't be stupid'

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique

GETTYLuis Enrique is in the running to replace Antonio Conte

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte believes the club's philosophy of regularly sacking managers for failing to win trophies every season is short-sighted and lacks intelligence.

Enrique is the favourite to replace Conte at the end of the season and the Spaniard is known to be keen on resuming his managerial career in the Premier League. "I have to speak more with the managers who are very, very good to persuade their clubs to spend money and buy top players".

"In my vision you can win, yet at the same time the club might not be happy to stay with you". Not easy. Especially in England.

"When you have this period with such poor results, you have to divide the responsibility between me, the players and the club". For this reason, it's right to send the coach away. There are two ways [to run a club]. There is a stupid way and an intelligent way'. I usually have a great respect'. Everyone knows his job, his work.

Conte's team, now fourth in the table, have endured a torrid spell, losing 3-0 at home to Bournemouth before being beaten 4-1 at Watford.

Wayne Rooney has underlined the importance of Chelsea FC's clash against West Brom on Monday night.

Asked if another coach could do a better job with the Chelsea squad, Conte responded: "I don't know". I think that, maybe, you have to find a bit more balance. His team have recently lost their last two Premier League games and have fallen outside the top-four.

'My players are not used to it, but they are getting used to these rumours and speculation.

"I think that I'm the type of coach who, if I have a player who is [a] six, I bring him to an eight", he added.

'We are in the FA Cup competition, and we reached the semi-finals in the Carabao Cup.

We do this job, and our job is not "difficult", but you must be open and understand the situation can change. I don't think that anyone trusted us to win the title this season. If I remember, there were two teams everyone spoke about fighting for the title, both from Manchester. According to Evening Standard, the Italian boss is anxious this could last the rest of the season. 'The job he did past year was absolutely outstanding and I don't think he's changed too much.

He said: "I live here so, for me, it's not a problem".

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