Chelsea fires manager Antonio Conte after 2 years in charge

Chelsea fires manager Antonio Conte after 2 years in charge

Antonio Conte's protracted divorce from Chelsea was finalized on Friday when he was sacked after a two-year tenure in which he won the English Premier League and FA Cup but failed to gain the power he craved at the London club.

Conte joined the Roman Abramovich-owned club in 2016 and led them to the league title in his debut season along with an FA Cup triumph last campaign.

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

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

Ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri has been heavily linked with the Chelsea FC post after Carlo Ancelotti replaced the contoversial Italian coach at Napoli earlier this summer.

The Blues were unable to defend their title, finishing fifth last season and missing out on Champions League.

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Conte leaves with the best win percentage 65.1 per cent of any of Chelsea's managers in the Premier League era.

Premier League giants Chelsea have announced the sacking of Antonio Conte.

Sarri has agreed a three-year contract worth €6.4m per season and his appointment is expected to be confirmed shortly by the west London club.

In any event, the working relationship between Conte and Chelsea is over - as soon as that is made public by the club, the appointment of Sarri, with Blues legend Gianfranco Zola as part of the backroom team, will nearly certainly follow shortly after.

The 48-year-old departs Stamford Bridge less than two months after guiding Chelsea to FA Cup final glory against Manchester United.

Sarri has also presented a list of players he would like to sign.

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