Chelsea set to announce the departure of former Italy manager

13 July, 2018, 12:47 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Conte has clashed with Chelsea staff over when their players should return for training

Former Juventus and Italy boss Conte signed a three-year contract before becoming Chelsea head coach in July 2016.

Chelsea have terminated the contract of their manager Antonio Conte.

'During Antonio's time at the club, we won our sixth league title and eighth FA Cup.

Chelsea were unable to defend their title, finishing fifth in the table and missing out on Champions League.

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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If reports in the Italian media are to be believed, Chelsea believe that they have just cause in not paying Antonio Conte his severance package which is believed to be around £9m.

But he was summoned to a meeting on Thursday and told his services are no longer required.

After winning the title in his first season in charge, Conte has fallen out with the Chelsea board this term and bemoaned the deficiency of world-class signings in his squad. Carlo Cudicini is still at the club and he is likely to help Eddie Newton take training today.

Former Napoli boss Sarri is expected to be appointed as his successor. The president of the Italian club, Aurelio De Laurentis, has previously revealed that the player prefers the London club over Manchester City. "My lawyers have submitted papers to his lawyers".

Speculation had shrouded his position last season, as Conte did little to hide his dissent over Chelsea's transfer business in the summer of 2017 and winter of 2017-18, making thinly-veiled criticisms of "the club".

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