Chelsea boss Conte tells board: Sacking me would be STUPID

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Former Watford boss Marco Silva has been named by The Times as one of the candidates to take over as manager at Chelsea if Antonio Conte is made to relinquish his post as the Blues' coach this season.

Much has been made of their form after three defeats in four matches, with some questioning whether Conte will remain at Stamford Bridge, but the Italian says the club's plight has been blown out of all proportion.

"I don't know. It's very hard to ever criticise our squad in terms of work-rate or commitment, is it a confidence thing?" The players show me every day they want to overcome this situation.

According to speculation over the past week, Conte is on the brink at Chelsea FC ahead of some huge games against Barcelona, Manchester City and Manchester United in the next month or so.

"But we are not fighting in the relegation zone!" There are a lot of rumours and speculation, despite what we are doing we are keeping our expectations.

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After spending two seasons out on loan with Borussia Monchengladbach, Christensen has forced his way into the first team under Conte in 2017-18 in place of David Luiz.

While there were meetings between various Chelsea board members on Tuesday, it is understood they were non-football related, over other corporate and commercial issues, with the future of the manager not on the agenda.

"I've not thought for one moment of the possibility of going away from this club".

He still believes he has the backing of the dressing room, adding: "I don't think talking about my future can affect the players". I like to play football and try to dominate the game.

"If you brought someone like Carlo Ancelotti in and John Terry alongside him, the fans would accept something like that", Wise told The Debate on Sky Sports.

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"They understand that I am giving all myself and maybe more for this club". Not easy. Especially in England, it's not simple. In my vision, you can win but, at the same time, the club might not be happy to stay with you.

"There are two ways - there is a stupid way and an intelligent way". At the same time, 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.

He has ruled out changing formation, like he did last season to get his team on their title march with a three-man defence. Any manager which threatens the club Champions League status has previously been replaced mid-season by Chelsea.

"We have the right mentality because we are working well".

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