as reported by daily express,
It has become the most bizarre managerial saga of the summer. He knew what was coming. Everyone knew what was coming. But he has still been taking training sessions with his Chelsea players. That is until director Bruce Buck arrived yesterday with confirmation of his departure.
And finally, Maurizio Sarri, who led Napoli to two second place Serie A finishes in his three years, is able to be brought in as his replacement.
Antonio Conte, a ball of fiery energy on the touchline, was an affable and engaging character and unquestionably a great coach. He transformed Chelsea in his first season into a title-winning side playing excellent football and using innovative tactics.
Behind the scenes, though, he was a spiky, aggressive figure, surrounded by his Italian coaching clan who increasingly fell out with senior figures at the club.
So the second season was significantly less happy. Yesterday’s departure was on the cards ever since the Italian signed a new contract that gave him a rise but no extension to his deal after winning the title in the summer of 2017.
Hazard and Courtois alienated
Conte caused alarm by telling striker Diego Costa by text message that he was not part of his plans and then began a year-long war of words with the board over the lack of signings the manager insisted he needed.
What followed was a troubled campaign that saw key players such as David Luiz, Willian and Eden Hazard alienated.
Chelsea could only finish fifth