Reports have claimed that Chelsea staff told Tottenham and Manchester United that Antonio Conte would be an absolute nightmare to work with.

According to The Athletic, some staff even told those clubs that the situation would be worse than working with former boss Jose Mourinho.

Spurs are the latest club to seemingly fall foul of the Conte curse. The Italian recently went on a sensational rant slamming his players and their mentality.

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Reports have stated that he is set to be sacked this week, with it set to be another job that he has talked his way out of.

The Blues originally enjoyed success with the former Juventus man in charge. They won the league straight away after he took over a side who had finished 10th the previous season.

However, the good times didn’t last, and he was gone at the end of the next campaign, despite FA Cup glory.

Chelsea staff warned Spurs about Conte

It has now been claimed that staff still at the club when Spurs asked for a reference informed them just what they were getting themselves in for, however they don’t seem to have taken the hint.

The managerial situation at Stamford Bridge isn’t too much better right now anyway.

Until recently, there were almost unanimous calls for Graham Potter to be sacked after a run of form which had seen two wins in 17 games in all competitions.

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However, a turnaround in the Champions League Round of 16 tie against Borussia Dortmund has helped remove the pressure on him for now.

Despite a near-permanent backing from Todd Boehly in charge at the club, reports haven’t gone away regarding potential replacements in West London.

The likes of Mourinho, Hansi Flick and Mauricio Pochettino have been mentioned as potential top managers to come in if the former Brighton man was sacked.

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