Monday, 24 September, 2018

Antonio Conte "disgusted" with Chelsea treatment as sacking imminent

Jorginho GETTYJorginho made 33 Serie A appearances for a title-chasing Napoli team last year
Sergio Cook | 14 July, 2018, 11:22

Conte, 48, had returned to full pre-season training at the start of the week despite huge uncertainty surrounding his future at the club, but with one year left on his contract the Blues have chose to relieve the Italian tactician from his duties in west London.

Leaving Stamford Bridge was always the likely outcome for Conte following a season in which Chelsea missed out on Champions League qualification after a fifth-place league finish, 30 points behind champion Manchester City.

The Italian global 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.

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

The news brings to an end many months of speculation over Conte's future at the club. The team will now play in the Europa League.

Antonio Conte's sacking at Chelsea, to be replaced by Maurizio Sarri, has been formalised finally. "I wish you every success in the future".

Ex-Napoli coach Sarri, meanwhile, could be presented as his replacement as early as Friday, with the Blues squad already informed over the change in management.

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

Former Spain manager Julen Lopetegui was appointed instead.

Media reports also portrayed a man at odds with director Marina Granovskaia, one of Russian owner Roman Abramovich's most trusted employees, following November's surprise departure of transfer chief Michael Emenalo.

Much will still be on the shoulders of Sarri as he is set to take the reins at Stamford Bridge.

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