Chelsea fires manager Antonio Conte after 2 years in charge

Doug Mendoza
July 13, 2018

Conte took training when some of the Chelsea squad returned for pre-season this week but has always been expected to be replaced this summer.

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

The London club says, "We wish Antonio every success in his future career".

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

Therefore, Chelsea are being forced to pay Napoli a fee to secure Sarri's services.

Chelsea take on Huddersfield Town in their opening fixture of the new Premier league campaign on August 11.

Conte however won the FA Cup in his final match in charge.

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However, while present players may have had issues with Conte, former Chelsea legend John Terry, who left after the league title winning campaign had nothing but praise for him.

"Thank you boss. Great man, great manager".

Antonio had reported for three days of pre-season training with the senior side this week, due to complications between Napoli and the West London club in reaching an agreement over compensation for Sarri.

Conte led Chelsea to a brilliant title triumph in his first year after inheriting a team that finished 10th the previous season.

Former Spain manager Julen Lopetegui was appointed instead.

Sarri, who comes off the back of a wonderful season with Napoli, had been sacked during the summer but remains under contract with the Serie A runners-up.

Russia World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin is another close to arriving from CSKA Moscow, along with Juventus defender Daniele Rugani.

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