Antonio Conte sacked by Chelsea with Maurizio Sarri set to replace him

Antonio Conte sacked by Chelsea with Maurizio Sarri set to replace him

Antonio Conte sacked by Chelsea with Maurizio Sarri set to replace him

It said: "Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company".

Conte, who is reportedly set to be replaced by former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, also led Chelsea to the 2016-17 Premier League title in his first season as boss.

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

The ex-Juventus and Italy coach's future had been under fierce speculation for months after he failed to follow up a Premier League-winning debut campaign with success in 2017-18.

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

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They are in the process of clearing out his backroom staff so former Napoli boss Sarri can start ahead of the first pre-season fixture in Australia a week on Monday.

The appointment of Sarri could help Chelsea land Napoli's Jorginho.

It was clear that the Italian manager would not continue in his role after he fell out with a number of players and openly criticised the club's spending. The president of the Italian club, Aurelio De Laurentis, has previously revealed that the player prefers the London club over Manchester City. "Now it depends on [Sarri] and Chelsea. My lawyers have submitted papers to his lawyers".

While Chelsea's pursuit of Sarri has been rocky since the end of the season, the club is already working on several transfers requested by the Italian, including a group of targets from Serie A.

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