Chelsea sack Conte after months of uncertainty

Chelsea sack Conte after months of uncertainty

Chelsea sack Conte after months of uncertainty

It wasn't easy for me to convince you in the beginning but in the end I hope I did you proud!

The 59-year-old former Napoli head coach becomes Roman Abramovich's ninth full-time manager in his 15 years as owner less than 24 hours after Conte parted company with the club he led to a league and FA Cup title.

Playmaker Fabregas "liked" a message welcoming Conte's departure on Twitter, swiftly apologising and suggesting he had pressed the button in error before wishing Conte luck for the future.

Speaking to his new club's official website, Sarri said: "I am very happy to be coming to Chelsea and the Premier League".

Speculation had shrouded his position last season and it had looked like Conte might depart in early February after successive losses by a three-goal margin to Bournemouth and Watford but he saw the season out.

Conte had been heavily linked with a summer exit from Stamford Bridge after publicly criticising the club's transfer policy, with an FA Cup victory not enough to keep him in the job.

City claim Jorginho was "bullied" by Napoli to instead join Chelsea, who offered more money and eventually landed the player along with Maurizio Sarri.

Antonio Conte repeatedly hinted at tension with the Chelsea hierarchy
Antonio Conte repeatedly hinted at tension with the Chelsea hierarchy

Chelsea FC ended up in fifth place in the Premier League table last season as they missed out on Champions League qualification.

Sarri becomes Chelsea's 13th permanent boss of Roman Abramovich's ownership, which began in June 2003.

This is arguably the toughest period of Abramovich's ownership, with the Russian facing visa issues with the United Kingdom authorities.

His first game in charge will be in the friendly with Perth Glory on July 23.

Sarri has replaced Conte as boss before, with a short-lived spell at Arezzo in 2006-07 before Conte was reappointed.

The club wasted little time in also confirmed the capture of Jorginho, with the midfielder arriving for a fee reported to be around £57 million.

His playing style contrasts Conte's and it's likely that his arrival will see the re-introduction of the 4-3-3 to the squad, who have been playing in a three-defender system for the past two seasons. "Thank you for everything boss".


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