Friday, 20 July, 2018

Antonio Conte: Chelsea sack Italian after two years in charge

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Kristopher Love | 13 July, 2018, 15:40

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.

Conte, 48, had returned to full pre-season training at the start of the week despite huge uncertainty surrounding his future at the club, but with one year left on his contract the Blues have made a decision to relieve the Italian tactician from his duties in west London.

Former Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri is the favourite to take over, with the club's top-flight opener a little over four weeks away.

"Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company", the club said in a statement.

Conte won the Premier League in his first season and the FA Cup in May, but the team finished fifth in the league last season, missing out on Champions League qualification.

However, while present players may have had issues with Conte, former Chelsea legend John Terry, who left after the league title winning campaign had nothing but praise for him.

This has reportedly led to Conte being disgusted with the Chelsea board and has contacted his lawyers in what could turn out to be the start of a long drawn-out saga.

"The club decides every player", he moaned last season.

"If Chelsea are paying him even more, I can understand that too".

It is expected that Chelsea will formally unveil Sarri as their new manager in the very near future.

Conte has been sacked after two years at Chelsea.

The Blues added the FA Cup to their trophy haul under Conte back in May following Chelsea FC's 1-0 win against Manchester United at Wembley courtesy of Eden Hazard's victor from the penalty spot.