Chelsea sack manager Antonio Conte after two years in charge

Cesc Fabregas Chelsea F.C. Premier League

Cesc Fabregas Chelsea F.C. Premier League

The club even had the audacity to separate Conte from his achievements while at Chelsea, explaining that "during Antonio's time" they won a "sixth league title and eighth FA Cup".

It was been reported all week that Conte was on the verge of leaving his post as head coach of the Blues, with Maurizio Sarri close to being appointed as his successor.

Chelsea's sacking of Antonio Conte is a mere formality now as Blues midfielder Cesc Fabregas has paid a tribute to the outgoing Italian tactician on Twitter before the club officially announced his exit.

"We wish Antonio every success in his future career". The former Empoli manager was named Serie A Coach of the Year in 2016-17.

Sarri spent three years at the club and led them to two runner-up finishes and a third place, playing an entertaining and high-energy brand of football like that seen at Man City under Pep Guardiola, Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino, and Liverpool under Juergen Klopp.

"Jorginho joining Chelsea does not depend on Sarri [joining Chelsea]", Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, said this week.

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He ran into trouble with his employers after his first season at the Stamford Bridge but managed to wrap up the 2017-18 season with silverware - beating Manchester United to win this year's FA Cup.

The news brings to an end many months of speculation over Conte's future at the club.

When Carlo Ancelotti was offloaded after two years in May 2011, despite winning the league and cup double in his maiden campaign, Chelsea recognised his "contribution and achievements" and welcomed him back to the club with open arms.

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

Conte has looked to be on borrowed time at Chelsea since last summer but history suggests his departure will hardly shake Stamford Bridge to its foundations.

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