Chelsea identify long-term replacement for Jose Mourinho in Italy coach

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Italy coach Antonio Conte continues to emerge as the favourite to be appointed Chelsea coach this summer after Euro 2016.

With Guus Hiddink appointed on an interim basis until the end of the season following Jose Mourinho’s sacking last month, the club will be looking for their next coach sooner rather than later.

While that search has already linked them with various names around Europe and beyond, Conte continues to lead the race with doubts over whether or not he will sign an extension with the FIGC after this summer’s tournament.

The Azzurri boss has experience of winning multiple Serie A titles during his time with Juventus, and guided the Italian national side to an unbeaten qualifying campaign for Euro 2016.

In turn, he has garnered plenty of attention and interest, and Chelsea are reportedly a part of that group of clubs, according to The Daily Mail.

It is also claimed that Mauricio Pochettino and Massimiliano Allegri are among the other names linked with the Stamford Bridge post, with the reigning Premier League champions starting to admit defeat in that Pep Guardiola will likely choose Manchester City this summer.

The Spaniard has already confirmed that he will be leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season, and has intimated that his preferred destination next season would be England.

With City continuing to emerge as favourites to land his signature, Chelsea will be forced to look elsewhere and despite the club and FIGC refusing to comment on the speculation, Conte is seemingly in the frame.

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