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Antonio Conte sacked as manager of Chelsea with Maurizio Sarri to become new Blues boss

HE’S GONE

The Italian was informed on Thursday of his departure, with former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri set to replace him

Chelsea have sacked manager Antonio Conte.

The Italian was informed on Thursday of his departure, with former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri set to replace him.

Antonio Conte has left Chelsea after two years in charge

Antonio Conte has left Chelsea after two years in charge

Conte was appointed as Chelsea manager in the summer of 2016, leaving his role as Italy head coach to take the job at Stamford Bridge.

He enjoyed a hugely successful first season in English football, leading the London club to the Premier League title.

However, the Blues mounted a miserable defence of their title last season, finishing fifth.

They did end the 2017/18 campaign on a high by winning the FA Cup but there was intense speculation over Conte’s future throughout the campaign.

The 48-year-old is understood to have angered the Chelsea hierarchy with critical comments about the club’s recruitment policy.

Conte returned to Chelsea’s training ground on Monday for the start of pre-season and put the squad through their paces.

But he was summoned to a meeting on Thursday and told his services are no longer required.

Former Napoli boss Sarri is expected to be appointed as his successor.

Sarri was replaced as manager of the Italian club by Carlo Ancelotti in May.

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