CHELSEA boss Antonio Conte was spotted leaving training in his £15,000 Nissan Juke, hiding behind sunglasses as he desperately clings onto his job at Stamford Bridge.
The under-fire Blues chief, 52, spent just two hours at the club’s Cobham training ground as speculation mounts he faces the swinging axe.
Antonio Conte left training after just two hours on Thursday as he clings to his job
Chelsea are in training ahead of Monday night’s clash with West Brom on the back of consecutive losses to Bournemouth and Watford.
Conte oversaw a home humiliation at the hands of Cherries, being downed 3-0, before being hammered 4-1 on the road by the Hornets just days later.
Now, it would appear former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has thrown his hat into the ring to take over from Conte, should he be sacked in the coming days.
Reports in The Telegraph suggest the Spaniard is “preparing for a move to England”, with Roman Abramovich seeing him as the No1 replacement for Conte.
Antonio Conte looks all-but certain to be sacked by Chelsea in the coming weeks
The Italian chief won the Premier League in his first season in charge, but at present, Chelsea sit just fourth in the table, a whopping 19 points behind leaders Manchester City.
However, it’s not just owner Abramovich reportedly upset with Conte, but the players too, with some stars unhappy at the Italian’s training methods.
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Earlier this week, Giorgio Chiellini – who played under Conte at Juventus and with the Italian national team – lifted the lid on his gruelling regime.
The 33-year-old told the Daily Mail: “It is not only in the match with Conte.
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Giorgio Chiellini spoke about Antonio Conte’s gruelling training regime this week
“It is all day, every training session. He is like a police sergeant.
“We felt something very special in his atmosphere, for three years with him at Juventus and two years in the national team.
“When you finish training, you are dead. Not tired — dead. You can do it only because you believe in what he does.
“For sure he is one of the very best.”
Thursday was not the first time Conte was spotted in his humble Nissan Juke either.
When quizzed on his underwhelming choice of car by SunSport reporter Andrew Dillon, Conte – who earns £9million-a-year – had a quick response.
Antonio Conte has a modest Nissan Juke over a luxury supercar
The Italian claimed: “This is my wife’s desire to have a small car because a small car is easier to drive and then especially if you are starting to drive on the right.
“This car is enough for my daughter, for my wife because my wife uses the car to bring my daughter to school and if we want to have a dinner around Cobham we can go.
“I think that it is enough to have this type of car. I don’t know about this but everyone has to understand the utility of something.
“In this case to bring my daughter from my house to the international school it is not necessary to have a Ferrari or a Porsche.
“It is enough to have a Nissan to do this in a simple way.”