Antonio Conte: Chelsea sack Italian after two years in charge

Tanya Simon
July 14, 2018

Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is in line to take over at Stamford Bridge and appears to be close to being confirmed as the Blues' new manager.

Chelsea began a terse, four-sentence statement on its website, "Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company".

"Thank you Mister for another Premier League title and FA Cup", tweeted Fabregas.

The chain smoking coach made his name at Empoli where he guided the un-fancied Tuscan team to Serie A before establishing them as one of the most attractive sides in the top flight of Italian football.

Morata was an expensive acquisition of Conte's, but the striker failed to maintain form through-out last season after a blistering start to the campaign.

The report claimed that Sarri will be announced as the new Chelsea manager within the next 48 hours. "I wish you every success in the future".

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Chelsea seeks a 13th permanent manager under Abramovich's ownership, and at possibly the most turbulent period of the Russian billionaire's trophy-filled reign.

The main reason for the prolonged saga has been compensation.

Chelsea hoped that another club might attempt to buy Conte out of the final year of his Stamford Bridge contract as he was unwilling to resign, but Paris Saint-Germain's appointment of Thomas Tuchel and Real Madrid's choice of Julen Lopetegui eliminated the possibility. Sarri, 59, is expected to replace his compatriot.

The former Napoli boss will be joined by Chelsea hero Gianfranco Zola as his assistant.

Piotr Zielinski, Jorginho and Lorenzo Insigne have also flourished with Sarri at the helm. Attention will then turn towards securing Sarri and Chelsea's other summer targets, believed to include players such as Aleksandr Golovin and Daniele Rugani.

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