I still maintain that we’re far likelier to see a new man at the managerial helm come the start of the 2018 / 2019 season, as opposed to seeing Antonio Conte being allowed to enter the third year of his current contract.
Part of that realisation comes from gut instinct whilst part comes from watching, over recent months, the body language of the Italian himself.
Much of the manic gesticulation we witnessed during our title-winning season has gone, almost as if it has been replaced by an air of resignation that the obvious cracks between himself and the club hierarchy are never going to be papered over.
But if, as I believe, a parting of the ways is inevitable, it’s hard to pin down precisely when it’ll happen.
However, one news vehicle Express, is today, championing the inference that Conte will, as far as his role goes, be history within the next 48 hours.
With the FA Cup safely in our possession but with no victory parade planned, Conte returned to his native Italy, following the conclusion of the 2017 / 2018 season, which begs us to ask the question, has he been told of his fate one way or another already?