- Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, was lucky he was not in his car when a training ground storm lifted a glass table top and crashed it
- The incident narrowly missed the club’s director of communications, Steve Atkins
- Conte has been given a Toyota to drive ad-hocly till his car is fixed
Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, was lucky he was not in his car when a training ground storm lifted a glass table top and crashed it at his car causing thousands of pounds’ worth of damage.
It also narrowly missed the club’s director of communications, Steve Atkins who was close to the car when the tragedic incident happened.
A Stamford bridge source, who has seen CCTV footage of the incident, said: “It’s dramatic stuff.
“You see Steve walk right past Antonio’s car, then suddenly this massive square of glass hurtles out of nowhere and down on to it at frightening speed, sending thousands of tiny pieces flying everywhere.
“Steve was pretty shaken up by the whole thing, as you can imagine. And Antonio’s car was left in a right old state. A gaping hole right in it.”
Director Atkins who witnessed the incident first hand was walking to his car, which was parked near Conte’s, when the powerful gust sent the glass flying.
Conte has his own parking spot alongside other Chelsea top executives at the club’s lavish training ground in the Surrey town of Cobham.
It is situated directly below his first-floor office which has an outside area complete with garden furniture, including a large, square table.
Conte's Nissan Juke has so far been taken for repairs and he has been given a Toyota Yaris to drive on Ad Hoc base.
The 48-year-old shunned a luxury club car and opted instead for a modest car crossover to get him from A to B, as he lives just a mile or so from the training ground.
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