With it looking nearly certain that Conte will be leaving his post this summer, the claims over a new manager are going to intensify in coming weeks, and Chelsea would surely prefer the situation to be settled way before the World Cup starts.
"Sometimes it is very hard to sleep with these types of problems". "Gianluca is a friend but I have not talked to him for one year".
"I thought we played against really slick Chelsea team in the first half, we gave away a poxy goal, so I was thrilled to get in at half-time only a goal down", said Hammers boss David Moyes, whose side are now six points above the relegation zone. "Those who know me very well know I am very angry, I am very sad for this situation", he said.
Conte was asked for his response to comments this week by his former Juventus team-mate Gianluca Vialli, also a former Chelsea manager.
"He is trying to give his opinion". The people who stay very close to me they know very well my intentions - to stay, to stay here, to continue my job here.
"It was tragic news for us", Conte told reporters on Friday. A good performance, yes, but many times we have had a good performance and lost the game, or drew the game, many times we've had a good performance but not won the game.
"Whether you win or whether you lose, in every moment, you have to share the responsibility".
The Jamaican attacker, who moved to Germany from Belgian side Genk last summer, has been in an impressive form with 11 goals and 5 assists this term. To understand which is the responsibility, the percentage of the responsibility between these three parts - club, coach and players.
Allegri is ready to leave Italy and replace under-pressure Conte as the Blues, are now eight points adrift of Tottenham Hotspur in the final Champions League spot are technically out of the contention.
'The table is showing that now there's a great gap with Manchester City.
That has led to repeated speculation that the Italian will either walk or be pushed come the end of the season. "One year you win the league, the next it's a mess".