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Antonio Conte: Chelsea sack Italian after two years in charge

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Antonio Conte: Chelsea sack Italian after two years in charge

13 July 2018 Friday 12:30
Antonio Conte: Chelsea sack Italian after two years in charge

Chelsea have sacked manager Antonio Conte after two years in charge.

The 48-year-old Italian, who returned to pre-season training this week, had one year remaining on his contract.

Conte won the Premier League in his first season and the FA Cup in May, but the team finished fifth in the league last season, missing out on Champions League qualification.

Ex-Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri is expected to succeed his compatriot at Stamford Bridge.

The London club confirmed the news on their tweeter account.

Should Sarri be appointed, he would be Chelsea's ninth full-time manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

During three years with Napoli, Sarri did not win a major honour but guided the club to second, third and second again - behind Juventus in 2017-18. The former Empoli manager was named Serie A Coach of the Year in 2016-17.

Chelsea announced on Friday that Conte had "parted company" with the club. A 61-word statement ended: "We wish Antonio every success in his future career."

For the sixth time in eight seasons the Premier League's title-winning manager has left his job by the following summer - if not earlier.

Conte has a clause in his contract that guarantees him a pay-off, thought to be £9m, for the final year.

The club's Premier League opener is away at Huddersfield on 11 August.

Should Sarri be appointed, he would be Chelsea's ninth full-time manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

During three years with Napoli, Sarri did not win a major honour but guided the club to second, third and second again - behind Juventus in 2017-18. The former Empoli manager was named Serie A Coach of the Year in 2016-17.

Chelsea announced on Friday that Conte had "parted company" with the club. A 61-word statement ended: "We wish Antonio every success in his future career."

For the sixth time in eight seasons the Premier League's title-winning manager has left his job by the following summer - if not earlier.

Conte has a clause in his contract that guarantees him a pay-off, thought to be £9m, for the final year.

The club's Premier League opener is away at Huddersfield on 11 August.

Conte's Chelsea record

  • Conte's 30 league wins in the 2016-17 campaign was a record until Manchester City produced 32 in 2017-18.
  • He set a club record 13 consecutive league victories.
  • His league win percentage of 67.1% is better than Sir Alex Ferguson's 65.2% and only bettered by Pep Guardiola's 72.8% in the Premier League.
  • He averaged 2.14 points per game in the league. Only Ferguson (2.16) and Guardiola (2.34) have averaged more in the competition's history
  • He won 69 and drew 20 of his 106 games in charge of the club.
Updated: 13.07.2018 15:15
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