With reports in Spain claiming that Luis Enrique has been contacted by Chelsea, the odds on the former Barcelona man taking charge at Stamford Bridge have been slashed. In the six fixtures following the West Brom match, the Blues face a double header against Barcelona either side of clashes with Manchester United and runaway league leaders Manchester City.
Antonio Conte next club: Where could he go next? Having already been hammered at home to Bournemouth after a deadline day that sowed rankle between Conte and his bosses, Chelsea's ten men barely broke into a trot as they were carved open by the Hornets. In the past, some Chelsea players are said to have had a "direct line" to Abramovich - including Petr Cech, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.
The Mail say the players are unhappy with Conte's training methods and apparently his mood swings.
The ex-Barcelona boss is now without a job, and endured a fine tenure at the Nou Camp, winning two League titles, three Copa del Rey trophies and won the Champions League in 2015. While David Luiz has rarely played in the past few months, after seemingly falling out with the former Juventus coach.
Chelsea would reportedly be in pole position to land Barcelona striker Luis Suarez if Antonio Conte is no longer manager of the club. Although, Enrique will undoubtedly be in the frame when Conte does depart Stamford Bridge.
In the years to follow, till his exit in 2007 by "mutual consent", Mourinho turned Chelsea into a powerhouse, winning the league title again, the Community Shield and two more domestic cups in three seasons at charge before friction between him and the owner Roman Abramovich led to his unceremonious exit on 19 September 2007.
Conte's pay-off, however, is reported to be in the region of € 30 million and the contract of the Italian tactician expires at the end of the season.