If Chelsea change their whole philosophy under Antonio Conte, Roman Abramovich will have to be patient, according to Jason Cundy.
The Premier League club appointed the Italian as permanent successor to Jose Mourinho, on Monday and the 46-year-old will take the reins at Stamford Bridge in the summer, after Italy’s Euro 2016 campaign.
The Serie A-winning boss has signed a three-year deal in west London, ending months of speculation.
“He was top of the list,” former Blues player Cundy told Hawksbee and Jacobs.
“I’m glad it happened, the club can now begin to plan and prepare [for next season]. Obviously he’s still got to go to France [to manage Italy at the Euros] – it wouldn’t bother me if they got knocked out so he can get back and start planning for next season.”
After Chelsea’s 4-0 victory over Aston Villa at the weekend, interim boss Guus Hiddink talked of the need to give youngsters the chance to prove themselves at Stamford Bridge, ahead of a change in philosophy.
The Blues have a number of exciting prospects emerging from their academy, with over 30 players out on loan, and Conte will be spoilt for choice when he takes his first session at Cobham in around three months’ time.
“Chelsea over the last decade, one of the big failures at that football club is not producing players for our first team,” Cundy continued.
“There have been some excellent players that have come through. We win almost every youth tournament/league we enter.
“IF there is a philosophy change, I would be all for that, BUT the players have got to be good enough and ready.
“We saw at the weekend that players like [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek have got the ability to go in and play at that level. It’s about opportunities and they have been few and far between.
“Jake Clarke-Salter came off the bench for his debut, Charly Musonda who is out on loan, Nathan Ake – I think there are players here that are good enough.
“Of course, managers come into Chelsea Football Club and the pressure to win things is intense. Therefore you can understand why there hasn’t been enough players. But if there is a philosophy change, you have to have patience and that is key.”
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