Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
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Chelsea set to announce Maurizio Sarri with contract signed at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea set to announce Maurizio Sarri with contract signed at Stamford Bridge

Antonio Conte's protracted divorce from Chelsea was finalised on Friday (Saturday NZ Time) when he was sacked after a two-year tenure in which he won the English Premier League and FA Cup but failed to gain the power he craved at the London club.

That success didn't go unnoticed and unlike in England, one of the big clubs did come calling for a manager doing well at a so-called smaller club and Sarri was off to Napoli.

Zola scored 59 league goals for Chelsea across seven seasons between 1996 and 2003.

"Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company", the club said in a terse statement. Terry took to social platform Instagram to post a picture of himself and Conte together with the Premier League title and captioned it with the words: "Thank You Boss".

The Blues are now expected to appoint Sarri, who recently left Napoli, which led to a contract wrangle with the Italian club, although the saga is nearing a conclusion.

"We wish Antonio every success in his future career", the statement read.


Two trophies in two seasons but the writing was on the wall.

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 defence.

Media reports said Conte's departure would take to 85 million pounds the amount Chelsea has spent on paying off sacked managers - nearly the record fee Manchester United paid in 2016 for France midfielder Paul Pogba.

Sarri was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti as Napoli manager last month but remained at the club as a compensation settlement between the 51-year-old and the Serie A club was agreed.

Conte's volcanic intensity also alienated some insiders, including leading players whose discontent filtered out.

Understandably, the former Juventus boss did not want to miss out on his £9m Chelsea payoff and returned for pre-season training this week.

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