Chelsea Sacks Antonio Conte, Prepares for Maurizio Sarri Appointment

Antonio Conte during his time with Chelsea in 2018
Antonio Conte during his time with Chelsea in 2018. Photo by Michael Zemanek/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (9488738ew)

Antonio Conte’s adventure in London comes to an end after two years. According to British media, Conte was sacked as Chelsea’ manager after he and the club reached a compensation agreement to end his contract one year early. The 48-year-old was refusing to leave on his own, demanding that the final year of his contract is paid in full.

After sacking Conte, Chelsea has cleared the way to appoint Maurizio Sarri, who will sign a two-year deal. The official confirmation should come in the following days. Sarri has been linked with Chelsea job since May when he was replaced as Napoli coach by Carlo Ancelotti.

Antonio Conte joined Chelsea in April 2016, after he stepped down as a coach of Italy national team. In his first season in London, Conte led the team to Premier League title while setting the league’s record for most wins in a single season with 30. The following season, however, Chelsea didn’t play on a high level and finished fifth, which meant that they have missed out on the Champions League. Conte did manage to secure one trophy with a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the 2018 FA Cup Final.

Prior to Chelsea, Antonio Conte also coached various Italian teams in both Seria B and Seria A including Juventus, with whom he won three straight Seria A titles.