Chelsea sack manager Antonio Conte

Chelsea sack manager Antonio Conte

The 48-year-old Italian, who had a year left on his contract, took pre-season training earlier this week.

And after Napoli announced that former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti will be taking charge for the upcoming season, Sarri's arrival in West London seemed imminent.

Conte led Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in England in 2016-17 and followed up that achievement with the FA Cup triumph this year, but his relationship with the board became damaged beyond fix, highlighted by his repeated public and private complaints about transfer policy.

The club's 64-word announcement was eventually made on Friday, ending with: "We wish Antonio every success in his future career".

His future has looked uncertain with Chelsea failing to qualify for the coming season's Champions League after finishing fifth.

Reports suggest Chelsea will draft in Maurizio Sarri to fill the managerial void. After his appointment in the summer of 2016, the Italian enjoyed a hugely successful first season in England, instilling belief in a damaged Chelsea side and leading them to the Premier League title.


Current Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas also expressed his gratitude to Conte, whose FA Cup win in May does not appear to have been sufficient to keep him in the hotseat.

Sarri spent three years at the club and led it to two runner-up finishes and a third place, playing an entertaining and high-energy brand of football like that seen at Man City under Pep Guardiola, Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino, and Liverpool under Juergen Klopp.

Former Spain manager Julen Lopetegui was appointed instead.

Conte wants full payment of compensation for himself and all his staff. Chelsea don't feel like they have to pay him off and are ready to go through legal channels, which is a route that both parties are happy to take.

Russia World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin is another close to arriving from CSKA Moscow, along with Juventus defender Daniele Rugani.

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