Chelsea confirm departure of Antonio Conte

Chelsea confirm departure of Antonio Conte

Chelsea confirm departure of Antonio Conte

Chelsea have sacked manager Antonio Conte - with Maurizio Sarri set to take over.

The BBC said the 48-year-old Italian's two-year reign - which brought league success in 2017 and the FA Cup last season - was ending although they added Chelsea would not comment.

Former Napoli boss Sarri is now poised to take over ahead of the pre-season training camp in Australia.

Despite news of Conte's departure breaking and players paying their own tributes on social media, Chelsea did not confirm his exit as lawyers haggled over the terms of his pay-off.

The latter report also suggests that Conte is prepared to take legal against Chelsea if they renege on any part of the compensation agreement, which would probably mean going before Federation Internationale de Football Association to plead his case.

Relations soured between Conte and the board, and performances were soon affected.

But he was replaced as manager of the Italian club by Carlo Ancelotti in May.

Sarri led Napoli to a record points total last season as they finished a narrow second in Serie A behind champions Juventus. "Great man, Great manager".

Conte departs a year before his contract was due to expire and will now be in line for £9million in compensation. Sarri could be joined by former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola as part of the backroom staff.

Napoli are also expecting compensation of around £4.5million for Sarri, who is under contract even though he is no longer their coach.

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