Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Chelsea sack manager Antonio Conte after two years in charge

Chelsea sack manager Antonio Conte after two years in charge

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

Conte delivered trophies in his two years at Chelsea but also brought controversy.

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.

The Italian's main gripe for the past year was Chelsea's failure to land the signings he really wanted for its Premier League title defence.

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

The Premier League season starts in four weeks' time, leaving clubs much less time than usual to conclude their summer transfer business.

Chelsea will be the biggest job the 59-year-old has taken on in his career after impressing as Napoli boss over the past three seasons, with the side's style of football earning plenty of plaudits.

Several of the first team players at Chelsea have grown frustrated with the former Juventus coach's methods, and the club have taken the decision to move in a new direction. Despite this, they managed to pick up some silverware by beating Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup final in May, though Conte had been anticipating the sack this summer.

Chelsea made an official announcement in which the club statement which read, "Joao Rodriguez will spend the coming season on loan in Spain".

Sarri would be the 12th managerial appointment by Chelsea, permanent or otherwise, since Abramovich acquired the club in 2003 and they have not come or gone cheaply.

Indeed, according to reports in Italy, Sarri is already on his way to London.

Former Spain manager Julen Lopetegui was appointed instead.

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