Report: Potential stumbling block to swift confirmation of Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager

Conte reportedly wants several members of his backroom staff at Chelsea, while the club don't want wholesale changes.

Chelsea's appointment of Antonio Conte as their new manager may be held up because of the backroom staff he wants to bring to Stamford Bridge, according to a report in The Times.

Conte looks set to be appointed the new boss at Stamford Bridge but he would like to bring as many as 10 backroom staff with him to the club.

The report also says that current backroom staff such as assistant manager Steve Holland, first team coach Chris Jones and goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon are all valued highly by the club and they would be reluctant to let them go.

However, Conte wants his two assistants Angelo Alessio and Massimo Carrera to follow him to West London, as they have assisted him at Siena, Juventus where he masterminded three Serie A title successes in a row, and with the Italy national side.

The Times also states that Chelsea are not keen on wholesale changes to the club which is understandable though Conte will be allowed to bring in some members of his own staff. If there are members of the coaching staff at the club from a previous regime but with knowledge of the workings of the club then that can be a benefit to any new manager who comes to the club.

Given that Chelsea were eliminated from the Champions League this week, and are highly unlikely to make it into next season's tournament via their league position, Conte is probably in a position of strength if he is the first choice at Stamford Bridge.

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