Find new leadership
Antonio Conte remains on the brink of leaving Chelsea but will almost certainly stay on in his position until the end of the season.
The Chelsea head coach has been at loggerheads with the board all season and, perhaps tellingly, only agreed to a pay rise last summer rather than extending his deal beyond 2019.
Conte has publicly complained about transfers and the departure of Michael Emenalo has left the club lacking a link between their head coach and the board.
It looks more and more like Conte and Chelsea’s marriage should have been ended last summer, despite the adulation the Italian earned from winning the title – reconciliation, at this stage, looks tough.
The next head coach will need to accept Chelsea have their limitations, including the capabilities of the current squad, the net spend on transfers and the history of a trigger-happy owner that has seen managers come and go at a rapid rate.
The Blues also need to find a technical director who can bring additional leadership to the operations side. This role is huge at Chelsea with 35 players out on loan, while the club have one of the best-performing academies in the world, and that needs utilising.
Arsenal already moved to sign Sven Mislintat as their head of recruitment and a similar position is currently lacking at Stamford Bridge.