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Chelsea sack manager Antonio Conte

Chelsea sack manager Antonio Conte

And a club statement on Friday, confirmed the news, saying: "Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company".

Sources told ESPN FC on Thursday that Conte, who had refused to walk away from Chelsea unless the final year of his contract was paid in full, had been sacked.

And former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is expected to be appointed as Conte's successor over the weekend.

Until recently, Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea in the same sentence was not something we would have expected to see.

The former Italy and Juventus manager guided the club to Premier League success in his inaugural campaign in English football, but failed to retain the title last season, with the club finishing outside the top four.

Conte's average of 2.14 points per game in the Premier League is bettered only by Alex Ferguson (2.16) and Guardiola (2.34).




Juventus' recent dominance of the Italian top flight was nearly ended by Sarri's swashbuckling Napoli side last season.

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.

Although Chelsea strengthened with the arrival of players such as £60m striker Alvaro Morata, they missed out on other targets, including their former striker Romelu Lukaku, who moved to Old Trafford instead.

It's been a disastrous summer at Stamford Bridge thus far, with the club yet to make any new signings.

Like a number of his predecessors, Conte has been dismissed the season after winning a major trophy, pointing to silverware being no guarantee of job security at Stamford Bridge. The Italian is also unhappy with his overall treatment from the club and the delay in his departure - with only a month to go before the 2018/19 Premier League campaig begins.

Chelsea's statement announcing Conte's departure totalled just 52 words.