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How Far Can Conte Take Us?

I don't expect the nature of this article to extend beyond being hypothetical, as the chances of Conte fulfilling the full three-years of his contract are slim. It would be interesting nevertheless, to gauge your opinions on what you think our future entails if Conte were to continue and whether you think his time here is being cut short too early?

When I started writing this article, my reasoning for believing that parting with Conte at the end of the season will benefit both parties, was because he couldn't improve us any further. His extraordinary restoration job was finished with a season or two to spare, but his managerial capabilities are limited by his lack of tactical flexibility, which prevents him from having success in cup competitions. This still is a valid point, however, it doesn't bring to light Conte's excellence in the league.

I'm of the opinion now, that both the club and Conte won't be able to make the most out of what they each have to offer. While the interests of both our board and manager were closer aligned last season, where expectations were on rebuilding a team and reinstalling confidence, their interests on how we can move forward this season couldn't be further apart. Conte wants a squad with both quality and quantity, however, we can only afford to give him one. I have no doubt that if Conte were to be given a blank cheque to sign the quality and quantity of squad he desires, he would succeed. He may still underperform in the cup competitions, however, his excellence at maintaining consistency would be parallel to United's league success of the past.

Now that it comes down to how well Conte can maximise what the club has to offer him, which is neither unreasonable or unattainable to achieve success with, we are met with a dead end. A rare position for a manager of ours to be in when they leave with their reputation intact, with no murmurs of what could have been.

posted on 2/2/18

Our wealth isn't comparable to the Manchester clubs now. The market has changed and we haven't been able to keep up. I think some of our fans still feel we are entitled to sign anyone we want, but it's not the case.

Not being able to sign the most expensive players isn't something that should hamper our pursuit of trophies though. Quality players are still available for fees which aren't extortionate. Couple this with some of our talented academy we have to provide cover and we have a very exciting squad.

Problem is whether our board will consider a manager who is able to get the best out of a squad like this.

comment by Superb (U6486)

posted on 2/2/18

If the club are going to be more frugal in the transfer market they will have to lower expectations as to what we can win.

Our very best young players will have to brought through and actually played. Arguably that process has already started with the likes of Christensen and Ampadu but it will have to be magnified.

I don't have any problem with the club spending less on players. That's fine, but only if the club adjusts itself to suit this new approach. Otherwise it won't work and we'll just fall far behind.

posted on 2/2/18

I've been pondering Chelsea's new 'cheap' policy and I think it is a bit silly. I would like us to have a very strong starting 11, but for the majority of squad players to be the yoof. More often than not, the starting 11 doesn't change unless injuries happen and I'm sure the strong 10 can carry the burden of integrating junior.

posted on 2/2/18

'Just shoot' I agree. I don't get why it's not club policy that when we've got a comfortable lead, ease in a 'youth product'. It should have been going on for years. Just sheer common sense!

comment by Kuki (U6289)

posted on 2/2/18

That is the biggest failure the club has on their hands. It would have been so straight forward to put this demand on the table during the interviewing process for new manager/head coach.
Such a shame...we've had some very promising players coming through and it could almost be claimed that so of them didn't make it because they never got a chance with us.

posted on 2/2/18

comment by Kuki (U6289)
posted 23 seconds ago
That is the biggest failure the club has on their hands. It would have been so straight forward to put this demand on the table during the interviewing process for new manager/head coach.
Such a shame...we've had some very promising players coming through and it could almost be claimed that so of them didn't make it because they never got a chance with us.
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Yep. And we go and buy a mediocre back up. RLC would be forgiven for errors, buy players that cost £40m, Bakayokono, can't.

posted on 2/2/18

Conte is one of the best out there. Given resources available to him he has overperformed. I don’t think any manager could be doing better. His weakness is that he wears his heart on his sleeve too much and that can possibly affect the players.

posted on 2/2/18

I don’t agree with this social media myth that his tactics can’t win cups either.....never heard such a load of tosh

posted on 3/2/18

How Far Can Conte Take Us?

The championship?

comment by Superb (U6486)

posted on 3/2/18

Biggish I agree on both counts, Conte is likely the best manager we could have. We certainly won't be bringing in a better manager than him if he moves on this summer.

Just a shame that he seems to be at loggerheads with the board. Our loss will be someone else's gain no doubt.

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