Chelsea officially dismiss Conte with Sarri waiting in the wings

Chelsea officially dismiss Conte with Sarri waiting in the wings

The Italian manager's relations with the west London club's hierarchy have appeared strained, to put it mildly, since past year while his departure from Stamford Bridge has been flagged for months.

"Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company", the London outfit said on their website. After his appointment in the summer of 2016, the Italian enjoyed a hugely successful first season in England, instilling belief in a damaged Chelsea side and leading them to the Premier League title.

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

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Only two managers have recorded a better points average than him in the Premier League.

He was replaced by former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti in May with the Naples club seeking to end Juventus' dominance in the league.

Reports suggest Chelsea will draft in Maurizio Sarri to fill the managerial void. He had been waiting since winning the FA Cup in May to resolve his future at Stamford Bridge, but difficulty in securing Sarri delayed the process.

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Conte delivered trophies in his two years at Chelsea but also brought controversy. The team will now play in the Europa League.

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.

Sarri, who comes off the back of a wonderful season with Napoli, had been sacked during the summer but remains under contract with the Serie A runners-up.

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Napoli midfielder Jorginho may be the first player to join his former coach in swapping southern Italy for London, as he prepares to take a medical at Stamford Bridge ahead of a €58m transfer. This text will now form the basis of Chelsea's evidence against their former manager.

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