Chelsea news: Why Brendan Rodgers is the ideal man to replace Antonio Conte

After leading Chelsea to the Premier League title last season, Conte was handed a new deal in the summer which increased his wages but not the length of his contract.

Brendan Rodgers has been hinted as the next manager to replace Conte at Bridge. Well, the latest is according to pundit and former Newcastle, Manchester City and Celtic striker Craig Bellamy.

But Conte’s position at Stamford Bridge has rarely felt totally secure.

The Italian was disappointed not to sign more of his first choice transfer targets in the summer and his frustration appears to be justified as Chelsea sit 13 points behind Manchester City.

Conte’s relationship with the Chelsea board has also come under scrutiny with Michael Emenalo quitting as technical director in November.

While in Scotland, Rodgers has enjoyed incredible success at Celtic, going 69 games unbeaten and winning a domestic treble.

Rodgers has worked at Chelsea before as head youth coach and reserve team manager.

And Bellamy believes Rodgers’ willingness to work with young players means he is the ideal man to replace Conte.

“If I was Chelsea, and it doesn’t look like the relationship is great there [with Conte], if he goes at the end of the year,” Bellamy told Sky Sports.

“Me personally, I’ve spent all this money on youth players and I want to start seeing them going through into the first team. There would be no better manager out there for me than Brendan Rodgers.

“He’s been at Chelsea’s youth system, he’s been part of the football club, he’s helped develop a lot of players.

“He plays good football, an attractive style of football, which would please [Roman] Abramovich.

“But also with the experience now of managing, could he go to a team like Chelsea and bring in young players and develop that football team over the next couple of years? For me, he could.”

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