Garry Neville believes Antonio Conte will not be the one in Chelsea’s dugout next season, saying The Blues thrives on short-termism.

The last year’s league champions are currently sitting fifth on the league standing, with the hope of Champions League football next season out of sight as they are eight points behind fourth place, Spurs.

The Italian and former Juventus boss has been vocal – hitting out at Chelsea board regularly over their transfer dealings.

But Neville has said while he would have love to see Conte in the league next season, he believed the Italian would quit his job at Chelsea at the end of the season.

Neville as quoted by Skysports, “I don’t think he’s going to be here next season. We’ve thought it for six or seven months.

“And that’s not because we don’t want him here, or we don’t think he’s done great job, it’s just the nature of the job here. It’s such that when you have a season slightly worse than before you go.

“It ends up becoming a bitty, press conferences become the boardroom versus the manager, it’s happened here many, many times.

“It has been a successful club over 10 or so years, but in the second seasons, it’s never been great. In terms of the outcome, you can’t complain about what they’ve here. But the managers who come here know they’ve got a short period of time.”

The former United captain adds that though he believes Conte is a good manager, his regular complaints over transfer dealings are unfounded.

He said managers saw complaining about transfer dealings as the perfect excuse when their clubs are not doing well.










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With City having over seven first team players ruled out for the 1-1 draw against Burnley last Saturday, Guardiola named only six players on the substitute bench for the game - and that made Garry Neville to refer to the City boss as a ‘joke.’

Though the City U-23 team had a match on Friday night, the former United defender argued that Guardiola should have featured a youth team player on the bench on Saturday.

Neville claimed the academy manager would have felt he was wasting his time at the club.

And at his pre-match conference for the tie against Leicester City, Guardiola said he chose not to name an academy player as his seventh substitute at the Turf Moor because City Under-23 had a game the previous night and he never wanted to upset their plans.

Guardiola said Neville should know about his decision because he was a manager for “a short time”, a reference to Neville’s four months spell at Valencia.

Guardiola said: “This guy {Neville}, the pundit, he has to know my job is serious, it’s not a joke, never is it a joke.

“It’s so serious, and he should know that because he was a manager for a short time.”

Neville has been at the centre of some funny commentaries recently – the 42-year-old last week also said that Karius was at fault as the Liverpool keeper should have done more to save the Wanyama’s strike in Liverpool 2-2 draw at Anfield last Sunday

But what a clap back from Pep! How that lasts is left to be seen.

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