Sky Sports analyst, Jamie Carragher, has said he will be surprised if Antonio Conte is not sacked as Chelsea manager next year.
The former Juventus coach led the Blues to the Premier League title in his first season, but has stated that he expects the next campaign to be the most difficult of his coaching career.
Conte is reportedly growing frustrated by the club’s summer transfer activity.
And Carragher says the Italian is not happy with having major transfer decisions taken out of his hands by the club’s hierarchy.
“I’d be very surprised if I’m sitting here in 12 months’ time and he’s the Chelsea manager,” he said on Monday’s first episode of The Debate on Sky Sports Premier League.
“I think he’s the type of manager who won’t accept the involvement from people above, especially on the back of winning the title.
“He’s not going to go quietly and it’s not great for the club when the manager is coming out and speaking the way he is.”
Since Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003, Jose Mourinho has been sacked twice, while big names such as Carlo Ancelotti, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Claudio Ranieri lasted less than two years under the Russian owner.
Carragher added: “What I would say is Chelsea have a business model, a very ruthless one. They’re a bit like Real Madrid in that I don’t think they value the manager like other clubs do.
“They’re not scared to get rid of a top manager or get rid of someone after 12 months, but you can’t really complain. Since Abramovich came in I think they’ve won more trophies than anyone.
“They have a model where they have a big say over how that club is run; the owner, Emenalo and people involved there.
“Maybe that is a frustration for Conte. He wants more players coming in.”