Chelsea release Antonio Conte statement as they prepare to appoint Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea release Antonio Conte statement as they prepare to appoint Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea release Antonio Conte statement as they prepare to appoint Maurizio Sarri

Antonio Conte has been sacked by Chelsea FC.

Conte won the Premier League in his first season and the FA Cup in May, but the team finished fifth in the league last season, missing out on Champions League qualification.

The Premier League side, by all accounts, parted company with Conte on Thursday as they look to have former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri appointed as their new head coach in the very near future.

Chelsea FC has confirmed sacking manager Antonio Conte.

Cesc Fabregas and John Terry sent messages of support to Conte before the club's official announcement, thanking the coach for creating special memories at the club.

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.

Chelsea sacked Conte and nearly his entire staff at the club's Cobham training ground after the Italian took a morning session yesterday, with Sarri now on the brink of taking over.

Relations soured between Conte and the board, and performances were soon affected.

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. "Great man, Great manager".

Conte is due a reported £9million ($11.9million) if he remains out of work for the season and with the major jobs such as Real Madrid and the Italy national post - which he occupied for two years till after Euro 2016 - filled it is likely he will sit the year out.

Chelsea are also close to signing Napoli midfielder Jorginho, who played under Sarri at Empoli and the Naples.

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