Chelsea boss Antonio Cone
Monday, November 6, 2017
An air of uncertainty has surrounded the Italian’s future as Blues boss in recent months following reports of unrest behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge.
Pressure has mounted on Conte after the defending Premier League champions fell nine points behind Manchester City in the title race after a poor run of results, although that gloom appears to have lifted following a recent upturn of form – including their 1-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday.
While Conte was upbeat after the victory, the Italian has been in surly mood for weeks and recently spoke out over the ongoing reports over his job, branding them ‘bulls**t’.
But the questions over his long-term future at the London club have not stopped, and Barton feels this is ‘something not quite right’ at Chelsea.
“Conte is a big personality and I feel like he’s at war with people within the club,” Barton told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“There was something clearly not right in the summer when he came out against the way they conducted their transfer business.
“I think there’s something not quite right there at this moment in time.
“I honestly thought that if Man United won that game, it could have been the end of Conte, which is incredible thinking he’s the manager of the defending Premier League champions.
“It’s the level of their performances; the way they’re playing is not as flamboyant as they were last year and they’re not as dominant in games.
“You know Chelsea, they always have a contingency plan.”