Chelsea have reportedly lined up Marco Silva as temporary replacement if Antonio Conte is sacked
Conte has told club owner Roman Abrahamovic that it will unfair to be thrown out in a short period of time
– The Blues have all to play for when they face West Brom at Stamford Bridge in the final match of week 27
Premier League defending champions Chelsea are reportedly considering Marco Silva as a short-term replacement for Antonio Conte if they sack the Italian before the end of the season.
Conte has been under severe criticism after failing to replicate the title winning form of the 2016/17 season and the pressure is mounting after defeats to Bournemouth and Watford.
According to The Times, should there be another bad result, the Chelsea board could act and get rid of Conte and bring in a caretaker boss which Silva will be given priority.
The former Watford boss has been named as a potential candidate to try and get the Blues back on track and finish the season strongly.
Silva’s appointment would also give Chelsea’s management more time to identify a long-term replacement with the likes of ex-Barcelona man Luis Enrique and Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri on their radar.
However, Conte has told Roman Abramovich it would be ‘stupid’ to get him sacked after such a short period of time as manager in Stamford Bridge.
Conte said: “You continue to work with a manager or coach not because of what he achieves in one season, but because you trust in him.
“Then you build something with him.
“That doesn’t mean you have to win something because that’s not simple. Not easy. Especially in England.
“But in my vision you can win, yet at the same time the club might not be happy to stay with you and for this reason it’s right to send the coach away.
“Or you can trust in a coach and his work and continue with him even if you don’t win, and try and build something important.
“There are two ways. There is a stupid way and an intelligent way.”
Chelsea will be filing out with all to play for against West Brom in a week 27 Premier League match at Stamford Bridge and if Conte’s men does not get maximum points, he may be shown the way out of the club.
The Blues are currently fifth with 50 points behind Tottenham who are fourth with 52 and a win for Chelsea takes them to fourth one point above their London rivals.