Chelsea fires manager Antonio Conte after 2 years in charge

Napoli star Jorginho

The former Juventus coach won the Premier League title in his first season, but that initial success was soured by an off-the-field power struggle over the club's transfer policy.

The results that followed were below par, and the Blues finished fifth in the Premier League and were eliminated from the Champions League by Barcelona at the last-16 stage, having suffered a 4-1 aggregate defeat.

This was finally confirmed on Friday via a statement released by the Blues, who wished Conte success in the future.

Chelsea has fired manager Antonio Conte after a two-year tenure in which he won the English Premier League and FA Cup.

However, while present players may have had issues with Conte, former Chelsea legend John Terry, who left after the league title winning campaign had nothing but praise for him.

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Two trophies in two seasons but the writing was on the wall. Chelsea was beaten to the signing of Romelu Lukaku by Manchester United and then Fernando Llorente by Tottenham, for example.

Antonio had reported for three days of pre-season training with the senior side this week, due to complications between Napoli and the West London club in reaching an agreement over compensation for Sarri.

It emerged in May that Abramovich had yet to have his British visa renewed amid a crackdown by authorities on associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Nearly every top-class manager, available and unavailable, has been linked with Conte's job but in the past month or so, Maurizio Sarri has become the hot favourite.

But even so, Chelsea's announcement on Friday was quite something...

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