Antonio Conte told the Chelsea board after defeat by Watford on Monday night: sack me if you want.
The Blues were subjected to an embarrassing 4-1 loss, their second heavy defeat inside a week to leave Conte hurtling towards the exit door.
And in an emotional post-match press conference, Conte – who questioned whether his players had big enough personalities to pay for the club – insisted he does not fear the axe and even challenged the club to pull the trigger if they believe he is not good enough.
Antonio Conte seemed unconcerned on losing his job as Chelsea boss after defeat by Watford
‘No, I’m not worried. I’m not worried about my job,’ said Conte.
‘I work every day, and I give 120 per cent. Okay? If this is enough, it’s okay.
‘Otherwise, the club can take a different decision. But I’m not worried. Tomorrow is another day. I can be the Chelesa coach or not. Which is the problem? My soul is clear.
‘I go to sleep without a problem that maybe, maybe, I could do this or that. I try to do everything. If it’s not good, the club can make a different decision. Life goes on.
‘To play football in a great club, it means you must have a personality because it’s simple to play when there is the confidence.
‘Especially in this type of moment, you can see who is (ready to play) for a great club. To play with personality and also to risk something.’