Chelsea part ways with manager Antonio Conte

Roman Abramovich

Conte led Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in England in 2016-17 and followed up that achievement with the FA Cup triumph this year, but his relationship with the board became damaged beyond fix, highlighted by his repeated public and private complaints about transfer policy.

The 48-year-old Italian had been seen as vulnerable despite winning the FA Cup last term having fallen out with both the board and senior players.

The Blues' non-World Cup players are expected to return to the Cobham training ground this weekend for fitness tests and body fat appraisals.

"Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company", the club said in a terse statement.

It's been one of the longest-running saga's of the summer, but Antonio Conte is finally set to officially leave Chelsea.

"His record as a manager speaks for itself, with a record-breaking Premier League season and FA Cup title to look back on with pride".

"We have no doubt that Antonio will go on to achieve many more successes in his career".

Playmaker Cesc Fabregas "liked" a message welcoming Conte's departure on Twitter, later apologising and suggesting he had pressed the button in error.

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I'm not sure if he'll need bodyguards, either, but Sarri was certainly optimistic about a new chapter in his life and reckons Chelsea should be competing for trophies in the coming months.

Sarri becomes Chelsea's 13th permanent boss of Roman Abramovich's ownership, which began in June 2003.

"They didn't compete a year ago in the Premier League and I think when you look at those circumstances, there is a chance of you losing your job - whoever you are", claimed Wise.

The Russian's visa issues, the indefinite halting of plans to rebuild Stamford Bridge and the challenge for consistent on-field success all point to hard times ahead.

During three years with Napoli, Sarri helped the club to two second-placed finishes in Serie A and won the Coach of the Year award in 2017.

Sarri's first game at the helm is scheduled to be the July 23 friendly against Perth Glory in Western Australia.

Chelsea is closing in on naming Maurizio Sarri as its new head coach and signing Napoli midfielder Jorginho, the Serie A club's president Aurelio De Laurentiis revealed Wednesday.

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