FA Cup holders Chelsea finally confirmed the sacking of title-winning manager Antonio Conte following media reports that the Italian tactician’s days at Stamford Bridge were edging closer to an end.
Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is now clear to take over from Conte with just 28 days until the start of the 2018/19 Premier League season.
The statement on the club’s website read:
‘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.’
Eddie Newton and former goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini took charge of Friday’s session as Sarri prepares to take the reins.
The Blues have reportedly agreed a compensation package which could be worth up to £9million with Conte, who had one year left on his contract.