– FA Cup champions Chelsea have sacked their manager Antonio Conte
– The former Italy national team boss spent two years as the Blues manager
– He won the EPL title in his debut season and won FA Cup last term
Premier League giants Chelsea have terminated Antonio Conte’s contract just two years after taking the job.
The Italian tactician became the Blues manager in the summer of 2016 and won the English topflight title for them in his debut season.
He ran into trouble with his employers after his first season at the Stamford Bridge but managed to wrap up the 2017-18 season with silverware – beating Manchester United to win this year’s FA Cup.
Conte has one more season on his deal with the west London club but the club’s chairman Bruce Buck drove to their Cobham training ground this morning to deliver the news to the embattled manager.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s first-team players were given the afternoon off from their pre-season training regime as Buck was seen leaving the training ground at 2.10pm after delivering the news, which has been expected since the end of last season.
Conte was driven to training this morning by his assistant manager Carlo Cudicini, the former Chelsea and Spurs goalkeeper.
He kicked off his pre-season program with his players having returned from the summer holiday earlier this week.
The same period the Blues board are tying up the deal for former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri as the new head coach of the club.
However, since the London club has been able to wrap up the deal, they served the embattled coach his sack letter.
According to the Sun, Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola will be a part of the club’s managerial technical crew.
SunSport claims the Blues have agreed to pay up the £9 million due for the remaining year of Conte’s contract.
It emerged he had told star striker Diego Costa he was being axed in a curt text message – causing the player to go AWOL and forcing the Blues to take a hit on his transfer fee.
And with Conte continually undermining his squad by claiming he wanted better players, their title defence went down the pan completely as they eventually finished fifth.
NAIJ.com previously reported that Chelsea are planning to sack their manager Antonio Conte before the club starts preparations for the 2018-19 league season.
The Blues’ non-World Cup players are expected to return to the Cobham training ground this weekend for fitness tests and body fat appraisals.
While proper training starts on Monday and, as it stands, Conte will expect to be back in charge.
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