Antonio Conte was appointed Chelsea’s manager in April and, though the Blues haven’t set the Premier League alight under the Italian, he’s certainly not on the hot seat.
Chelsea sits seventh in the table with four wins from seven. Their early season form, in which the won their first four games, suggests they will be fine once Conte fully adjusts to English football.
So we can only imagine how Chelsea fans in the United States felt when they saw a report claiming Conte had been replaced at Stamford Bridge.
ABC7 News, ABC’s Los Angeles outlet, believed that Bob Bradley had today become Chelsea’s new manager.
Of course, it’s Swansea City where Bradley finds himself after he replaced Francesco Guidolin.
“Bob Bradley has become the first American manager of a Premier League club,” the reporter reads from an autocue. We must note that this part is correct.
The following, however, isn’t. “Bradley has been signed to manage Chelsea.”
— Champagne Soccer (@SoccerChampagne) October 3, 2016
Where do we start?
Google Maps tells us that there is a distance of 186 miles between Stamford Bridge and the Liberty Stadium.
Adding to the bemusement is that one team plays in blue while the other wears white.
We can only imagine ABC7 News got confused by the ‘sea’ part of both teams’ names. Yet even that isn’t entirely forgivable, unlike, say, confusing West Brom with West Ham.
All we can say is better luck next time.
Bradley replaces Guidolin following Swansea’s miserable start to the campaign. The Welsh club sits 17th in the table having failed to win a single league game since the opening day of the season.
Swansea interview Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs for the job but ended up with a manager who clubs chairman Huw Jenkins believes brings “strong leadership” to the Liberty Stadium.
“We are delighted Bob has agreed to join us,” Jenkins said, per Swansea’s website.
“He is highly regarded as a coach and has a wealth of experience on the international and domestic front.
“He is well aware of the club’s footballing philosophy and will provide us with strong leadership qualities and a renewed belief to compete at this level.
“It is never easy changing managers, but we are looking at a long-term appointment and we are confident Bob can settle us down and stabilise matters on and off the pitch.”