24/09/2021; 11:35 AM By : Steven D. Thompson
It seems to be that time of the year again where coaches are in line up to lose their jobs. Antonio Conte is one of the names in the hat to take over a few clubs, Barcelona inclusive, but the Italian has shown no interest in taking the job.
Football seems to follow a pattern, and over the years, has defied change. Every season there are stakes on which manager will get the boot first. With less than ten matches in, the same pattern has unfolded. A few managers are in the queue to join the job market.
With a few top managers out of work, underperforming teams will see their managers linked with a sack.
Arsenal and Barcelona are not in the best of shapes, with both teams rocking against the ropes, and it seems no longer a question of if but when their managers will find themselves in the job market.
There is a raging battle going on in Barcelona between the coach and the club president. It is such that with the results not falling into place, Ronald Koeman is about to be axed.
Several names have hit the rumour mill as possible replacements, but none like former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. Once again, the top job at Camp Nou has his name tied to it.
There are quite a few big-name coaches out of work, but they rarely come bigger than Antonio Conte.
Zinedine Zidane is a coach with a fantastic track record. At the end of last season, the Frenchman quit his lucrative job at Real Madrid. In terms of a new job, Zidane has managed to stay under the radar.
In contrast to Zidane, Antonio Conte has been barely out of the news. The Italian was in line for the job at Arsenal, but Conte's camp quickly put a pin in that. Recently, the underperforming Manchester United was another possible landing spot.
After leading Inter Milan to their first Scudetto in 11 years, 52-year-old Conte quit. With the signs clear that the club was going in a differentction, Conte decided to pull the plug on his stay at Inter.
The former Azzurri manager has again entered the list for the job at Barcelona. Conte agreed when quitting Inter not to work at any Serie A side before next season. It is this pact that has led to the links with clubs abroad.
According to Sky Sport Italia reporter Fabrizio Romano, as cited by Daily Mail, Conte holds no interest in taking over any club with the season already on.
Former Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo has also been linked with the Barca job, though not been contacted.