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Chelsea confirm Antonio Conte's sacking with terse statement

14 July, 2018, 03:24 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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While the bitter battle between Chelsea and Conte rages on in the background, the club will officially confirm Sarri as the new head coach with Blues legend Gianfranco Zola joining his backroom team.

But it will be another fresh start for Chelsea with Sarri becoming the club's seventh permanent manager since 2011.

Hazard has also always been linked with a move to the Bernabeu and that speculation has heightened since Chelsea FC missed out on a place in next season's Champions League following their fifth-placed finish last term.

Conte spent two seasons in charge of the Premier League club, leading them to the title in his first year.

Chelsea said in a statement on Friday: "Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company". The club also recorded the second-highest points tally in a Premier League season.

The 48-year-old Italian had been seen as vulnerable despite winning the FA Cup last term having fallen out with both the board and senior players. "In the title winning season, the club set a then-record 30 wins in a 38-game season". "I wish you every success in the future".

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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.

After leaving Chelsea, Terry signed on to play with Aston Villa in the Championship last season.

Sarri's future has been up in the air since Napoli hired Carlo Ancelotti as their new coach in May.

Chelsea seeks a 13th permanent manager under Abramovich's ownership, and at possibly the most turbulent period of the Russian billionaire's trophy-filled reign.

At times during the Sarri reign, Napoli played an nearly mesmeric style of football which was just about the most attractive in Europe.

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