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Conte is finally shown the door by Chelsea with Sarri set for hotseat

 

By Matt McGeehan

Antonio Conte has been sacked by Chelsea after months of speculation over his future and despite the Italian overseeing pre-season training earlier this week.

The 48-year-old had a year remaining on his contract, but has left the Blues 55 days after lifting the 2017-18 FA Cup in his final match in charge.

Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is reportedly set to replace Conte as boss and was rumoured to be in London yesterday.

Conte led Chelsea to the 2016-17 Premier League title in his first season in charge.

Finishing fifth in 2017-18, missing out on the Champions League, and friction with the Chelsea hierarchy and influential players prompted his departure.

A Blues statement read: "Chelsea FC and Antonio Conte have parted company.

"During Antonio's time at the club, we won our sixth league title and eighth FA Cup. In the title winning season, the club set a then-record 30 wins in a 38-game Premier League season, as well as a club record 13 consecutive league victories.

"We wish Antonio every success in his future career."

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