Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Chelsea confirm Antonio Conte's sacking with terse statement

Chelsea confirm Antonio Conte's sacking with terse statement

The Italian was surprisingly still in charge of the English club when they resumed pre-season training earlier this week, but reports on Thursday claimed that he had left his role.

It was on the cards long before last season's FA Cup triumph, which came less than 12 months after he won the Premier League.

Incredibly the club have released a statement thanking Conte for his services to the club, but the message only consisted of 52 words.

"We wish Antonio every success in his future career".

Fans took to Twitter with a mixed reaction to the dismissal and manner of dismissal of their once beloved coach.

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 defense.

Chelsea have confirmed that they have sacked manager Antonio Conte, though they face the prospect of a prolonged legal battle with the former Juventus boss. "Great man, Great manager".

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The Italian has taken most of his backroom staff with him with only Paolo Bertelli, Carlo Cudicini and goalkeeping coach, Gianluca Spinelli, considering staying at Chelsea for the coming 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.

Sarri's got a buyout clause at Napoli rumoured to be in the region of €8 million while Conte will get a hefty severance package as well so the "switch" won't come cheap for the West Londoners.

The main reason for the prolonged saga has been compensation.

After winning the title in his first season, where did it all go wrong for Antonio Conte?

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

Selected for both the 1994 World Cup and Euro 2000 squads in which Italy reached the final of both.

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