John Terry tipped to replace Antonio Conte at end of season

Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois fouls Watford's Gerard Deulofeu for a penalty during their Premier League meeting at Vicarage Road on Monday

Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois fouls Watford's Gerard Deulofeu for a penalty during their Premier League meeting at Vicarage Road on Monday

"It's been one-way traffic for Luis Enrique in our betting on the next Chelsea manager as punters are convinced the club will turn to the former Barcelona man to replace Antonio Conte if the Italian does leave the Premier League champions", said Coral's John Hill.

The Blues have been comfortably beaten in their last two matches, losing 3-0 at home to Bournemouth and getting thrashed 4-1 away at Watford on Monday night.

Seven months after helping them to their 4th Premier League title, Chelsea sack Jose Mourinho after a string of poor results, the embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Leicester City being the last straw.

However, Roman Abramovich has sacked Chelsea managers after achieving success in the past.

The former Juventus boss only signed a new deal at Chelsea in the summer and, according to the report, the Blues will need to pay him around €30m (£26.7m, $37m) in compensation if they decide to part ways with him before the end of the current season.

"Antonio Conte's long tough training sessions at an arduous part of the season, and a hard-line approach to certain players, have become major issues for some of the Chelsea squad".

Now out of work and the favourite to take over come the end of the season, it would certainly be a safer approach from the Chelsea board - and one that would probably, in the short term at least, guarantee them some success.

The report also claims that the club and Conte want to see out the season if possible.

Chelsea face West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening, which may not seem like the most intimidating fixture but does have ominous overtones.

The Blues host Barcelona in the first-leg of the Champions League last 16 on 20 February and, if the report from Sport comes to fruition, one of Luis Enrique's first games at Chelsea could be against his former side.

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