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According to news reports, ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is the Blues first choice to take over from Antonio Conte, who is under huge pressure.
The Chelsea boss is not under threat of being sacked at the club, despite the successive loss of three goals to Bournemouth and Watford.
But the Italian coach is expected to use the exit doors this summer, with his near future seemingly dependent on the team’s progress in the Premier League, while they get ready for an encounter with Barcelona in the Champions League as well this month. If Chelsea slips out of the top four, owner Roman Abramovich could be pushed into wielding the axe.
Enrique, though, has taken a leave from the game and keen to remain away from the game until the end of the current campaign. According to the London Evening Standard, the main reason he is waiting is due to his coaching staff.
The 47-year-old helmed Barcelona for three seasons with Juan Carlos Unzue as his assistant manager, Robert Moreno as a second assistant, fitness coach Rafel Pol and psychologist Joaquin Valdes.
The quartet served with Enrique during his spell at Celta Vigo too before they all relocated to the Nou Camp. Once Enrique walked away from Barcelona, they all moved back to Celta with Unzue now their manager.
The London Evening Standard claims Celta are worried they could all leave to reunite with Enrique at Chelsea in the summer. However, with the La Liga club occupying the eight position and vying for a spot in the Europa League next season, they won’t leave now.
Unzue, who is a highly-rated tactician and master of set-pieces, may not even relinquish his managerial seat the end of the campaign, although he and Enrique are close.