Chelsea news: Conte advised on how to return to winning ways – Monk | Football | Sport
Pressure mounted on the Italian after Chelsea lost 4-1 to Watford at Vicarage Road and 3-0 to Bournemouth the week before.
Antonio Conte has denied reports that he could be moving away from the club ahead of Chelsea’s clash against West Brom on Monday night.
And former Swansea City, Leeds United and Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk offered the former Juve boss advice on how to break the run.
He said: “I think a lot of it is mental but in terms of the manager and the media in terms of how he is speaking.
“I think if you look at him last season to this season there does seem to be a little bit unsettled in the way he is speaking.
“He seems a little bit more guarded than he was last season. Obviously there is the pressure of being Champions and defending the title and, of course, at Chelsea, there will always be that pressure.
“I think that unsettling feeling seems to have transferred to the players and the confidence side of it and into the games and into the performances.”
The former Swansea boss was then asked by host Dan Walker on BBC’s Football Focus how a manager “under pressure” should handle the situation.
Monk replied: “I think with the players every manager is different.
“I think in those situations like that, from my experiences just be open with the players.
“Football is football at the end of the day, whatever happens outside of that training ground and that match day or whatever it is, that job is exactly the same.
“So you just try to keep that balance. I think the way I dealt with it was to be very open with them.
“It is not just talking about that situation or what they are hearing in the press, but it’s just about saying what the job is and what we’re here doing together and probably create a bit more of that siege mentality and really try to use that as a motivation to prove a point.”
Conte dismissed reports that he could soon be leaving the London club and is confident of turning things around.
He said: “I am not thinking for only one moment the possibility of going away from this club.
“My commitment and the players are totally for this club. A lot of time in football the manager and the coach depends on the result.
“At the moment we are having a poor result. For this reason, we have to pay great attention.”