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Chelsea narrow down Antonio Conte replacement search to two big-name candidates

Chelsea have reportedly identified two main candidates to replace Antonio Conte as manager at the end of the season as the Italian looks unlikely to stay on at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues will want a big name to replace the Italian, and seem to have narrowed down their search to two big-names in the form of Massimiliano Allegri and Luis Enrique, according to the Daily Mail.

Conte will surely prove a tough act to follow at Chelsea after his immediate success with the club last season, when they strolled to the Premier League title in his first year in charge.

Things haven’t gone so smoothly this time, and this has led to speculation that Roman Abramovich will look to replace the former Juventus boss in the near future.

Massimiliano Allegri Juventus

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Luis Enrique Barcelona

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The Mail claim the likes of Diego Simeone have also been looked at, but that Allegri and Enrique are now leading the charge to step in next season.

Allegri has been a big success at Juventus, following on from Conte’s fine work in Turin, while Enrique is currently out of work after winning plenty of silverware in a three-year spell in charge of Barcelona.

The Spanish tactician never got quite as much credit as Pep Guardiola for the team’s dominance on his watch, but has shown what he can do with two La Liga wins and a hugely impressive treble in 2014/15.

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