Souness believes there'll be no quick fix at Stamford Bridge for Conte.
Souness believes Conte will need substantial backing from Roman Abramovich to improve Chelsea.
Former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness says Antonio Conte has a "hard job on his hands" at Chelsea next season.
The Liverpool legend reckons the Blues will be less attractive to top players as they won’t be involved in Champions League football next term following a below-par season.
"Conte coming in, unless he can go out and buy some real quality, it will be another up and down season for Chelsea," Souness told Sky Sports.
"That's the dilemma [no Champions League], the attraction of Chelsea in recent years can be put to two main reasons, the wages plus the attraction of the Champions League. So there is no quick fix to Chelsea."
The Scot added: "He's a different voice, has different thoughts. Does he have a magic wand? No coach has a magic wand, it's all about players.
"He has a hard job on his hands, so will need a lot of support from the owner, will have to buy well, and then Chelsea will be challenging again.
"They've still got the nucleus of a really good team, but the fact they really couldn't get going again when they replaced the so-called 'problem' with Jose falling out with people, they didn't really go on from there."