Chelsea sack Antonio Conte with Maurizio Sarri waiting in the wings

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 12 July 2018, 15:19

After months of rumours, speculation and frenzied chit-chat Antonio Conte has left his position in charge of Chelsea.

Sky Sports News, via Sky in Italy, reports that the Italian is no longer the head coach of the Blues, and is set to bag £9million in compensation, meaning the club have now splashed out £90m in manager pay-outs in the Roman Abramovich era.

In turn this should now pave the way for Maurizio Sarri who is now expected to replace his fellow countryman at Stamford Bridge, providing that Chelsea and Napoli work out a fee to release him from his contract.

If the Napoli owner is to be believed then an appointment is imminent:

“The Sarri deal is in the homestretch, it depends on him.

“I’ve laid down my conditions. It’s all in the hands of lawyers."

Two years ago Conte became the ninth permanent manager to work under Chelsea owner Abramovich. The former Juventus and Italy manager went on to lead the Blues to Premier League glory in his first season in charge, recording a then record 30 wins along the way. In the process he became the fourth Italian to win England’s top flight.

However, during what turned out to be his second and final season (2017/18) in charge, Conte’s future was a source of constant speculation. His side failed to finish in the top-4 (5th), meaning they will miss out on Champions League football next season, although he did end on a winning note after lifting the FA Cup following a win over rival Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea open up the new Premier League season with a trip to Huddersfield on 11th August, while they face Man City in the Community Shield a week earlier.

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