Although the World Cup is in full swing and with the quarter-finals set to commence today, attention is already starting to turn to the forthcoming 2018 / 2019 Premier League season.
This weekend, those Chelsea players who have not been on World Cup duty, in Russia, will return to Cobham for fitness tests with the club hoping that the majority have been professional enough not to have gotten too out of shape during their summer break.
However, with pre-season training, for the same group of players set to begin on Monday, the big question remains as to who will be in the managerial hot-seat.
Officially, Antonio Conte is still the man in charge but, according to the news source, the Daily Mail, that could be set to change as early as next week.
Our referenced source is of the opinion the Chelsea hierarchy do not want Conte to return to Chelsea, fearful of the Italian creating a bad vibe ahead of the return of those players he appeared to have fallen out with last season.
To that effect, our source is confident that there will be a change in the managerial hot-seat, possibly as early as next week with the club finally set to appoint the former Napoli boss, Maurizio Sarri, as the man in charge.
If that is the case then it has to be said that Chelsea are taking a huge risk, Sarri has never managed in the pressure cooker that is the Premier League and his curriculum vitae has no major trophies on it.
Quite how the Stamford Bridge faithful will react to Conte being axed and Sarri being installed remains to be seen, but it is probably fair to say that over the past decade or so the constant managerial merry-go-round has become something they’ve become accustomed to.
However, here at Vital Chelsea, we’d be interested to read your thoughts on the subject matter in the comments facility beneath this article.