Antonio Conte admits his Chelsea future will not be decided by winning the FA Cup, with the Italian expected to leave at the end of the season, according to reports.
The Blues boss is set to depart Stamford Bridge after two years due to concerns over his relationship with members of the squad including star man Eden Hazard and his battles with club chiefs, according to the Telegraph.
The champions are still in the hunt for a top-four spot and face Leicester City in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final.
An unlikely second Champions League triumph may have allowed Conte to see out the final year of his contract.
But Roman Abramovich is reportedly set to pull the trigger with domestic cup success and a top-four finish unable to trump the Italian being at odds with the club top brass and key players.
There are also claims fears Conte’s relationship with Hazard is rapidly deteriorating, the Belgian was subbed for the fourth straight game in the midweek defeat to Barcelona.
He also saw off Diego Costa and has frozen out David Luiz with a growing fear Hazard could seek a move away if the Italian remains in charge.
Chelsea are desperate to tie the Belgian superstar down to a new long-term deal with an offer that has been on the table ready to sign for months.
Conte’s moaning about his squad lacking experience has been undermined by Costa’s exit and his decision to jettison Luiz has not helped his argument.
He was asked by Italian reporters if FA cup success can save his job he replied: “It’s not an issue of winning a trophy or not.
“I think the work of a coach must be judged not on victories, but on the improvement of the squad and the current value of the squad.
“I think this is a team that can grow in terms of quality and experience.
“We can do better in every aspect. I am not seeking victories, I continue my work aware that I am doing good work.”
Paris Saint-Germain are closely monitoring his situation with Unai Emery set to be axed by the moneybags French outfit.
Former Barca boss Luis Enrique, ex-Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel and Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri are all in the mix to replace Conte if he falls on his sword this summer.