Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Chelsea sack manager Antonio Conte after just two seasons in charge

Chelsea sack manager Antonio Conte after just two seasons in charge

"Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company", a statement on the club's official website read.

Chelsea have fired manager Antonio Conte after a two-year tenure in which he won the English Premier League and FA Cup.

Chelsea FC finished in fifth spot in the Premier League table last season to miss out on a Champions League spot.

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.

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Chelsea released a short statement which was less than 60 words, which failed to thank the manager for his contributions and which has been slammed as classless by many fans.

Former banker Sarri, 59, will be Chelsea's ninth full-time manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003. "I wish you every success in the future".

The main reason for the prolonged saga has been compensation.

The Italian coach fell out with the Chelsea board last season and was adamant that he would receive his full £9m compensation fee.

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Sarri, who comes off the back of a wonderful season with Napoli, had been sacked during the summer but remains under contract with the Serie A runners-up.

Chelsea legend Zola is set to be his assistant at Chelsea but Sarri will have to build a fresh backroom staff to help him at his new club from next season.

They reportedly include Brazil-born Italy worldwide midfielder Jorginho from Napoli, CSKA Moscow´s Russian playmaker Aleksandr Golovin and Italian defender Daniele Rugani from Juventus, the side that edged Napoli in the Serie A title race.

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