Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has compared Antonio Conte to Jose Mourinho, the man the Italian would replace should he join the Blues in the summer.
The current Italy manager, Conte has been widely reported as being close to agreeing a deal with the Blues and is expected to take over from interim manager Guus Hiddink, despite a successful second spell in charge, after he completes Euro 2016 with the Italian team.
Cascarino, who appeared 40 times for Chelsea from 1992 to 1994, told Sky Sports News that he believes that the two managers have a very similar style and are cut from the same cloth with both demanding loyalty from their players.
He sets standards, he’s very Mourinho-like, he expects everyone to be on board and total professionalism.
I think that’s what Chelsea are looking for and he will give them that, but there’s also a side to him like Mourinho that he can communicate with players and get the best out of them and lift their levels.
He also lauded Conte’s success tactically too, praising the 46-year-old’s ability to create flexibility in his sides and the ability to play with three at the back as well as a traditional back four.
He’s a manager of the modern game, part of a new breed coming through that are prepared to be flexible with their team.
Conte is widely expected to make a return to club management and is believed to have already handed owner Roman Abramovich with a four-man transfer shortlist.
However, given the discord between Mourinho and the players this season, it may be troubling to hear Cascarino’s comments that the two managers are similar in style, especially since reports have suggested that Hiddink has returned harmony to the Chelsea squad and that 99% of the players want him to stay.