Chelsea confirm Antonio Conte's sacking with terse statement

Annette Crawford
July 14, 2018

'During Antonio's time at the club, we won our sixth league title and eighth FA Cup.

But it will be another fresh start for Chelsea with Sarri becoming the club's seventh permanent manager since 2011. The Italian worldwide was thought at one stage to be heading to Manchester City, but Sarri and Chelsea have managed to convince him to forego a season of Champions League football and move to West London instead.

Conte won the Premier League title in his debut season following his spell as national team boss at Italy.

Chelsea have been strongly linked with Sarri over the past two months but previous head coach Antonio Conte was only removed from his position on Friday.

In Terry's final season at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea sailed to the 2016/17 Premier League title in a convincing fashion in what was a fitting end to the defender's time with his boyhood club. He had been waiting since winning the FA Cup in May to resolve his future at Stamford Bridge, but difficulty in securing Sarri delayed the process.


Two trophies in two seasons but the writing was on the wall.

"The club decides every player", he moaned last season.

The 59-year-old helped establish Napoli as a major threat in European competitions with the club finishing just four points behind Juventus last season.

The chain smoking former Empoli manager - who will have to restrain himself on the touchline in England where smoking is banned - was named Serie A Coach of the Year in 2016-17.

Giovanni Martusciello, who is now the technical collaborator of Inter Milan, has reportedly turned down the chance to join Maurizio Sarri's coaching staff at Chelsea.

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