Chelsea fires manager Antonio Conte after 2 years in charge

55 days ago Conte celebrates Chelsea’s FA Cup win after beating Manchester United 1-0

Cesc Fabregas has paid tribute to Antonio Conte after the Chelsea FC manager's departure was all but confirmed on Thursday evening.

Until recently, Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea in the same sentence was not something we would have expected to see.

English Premier League club, Chelsea have released an official statement confirming the exit of Antonio Conte as their manager.

Despite winning the Premier League title and the FA Cup in his two seasons in charge, the 48-year-old leaves Stamford Bridge after several fallings out with the club's board. "Great man, Great manager".

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The Chelsea playmaker thanked his boss for his time at the club and wished him the best for the future, as did both Belgian winger Charly Musonda and midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah (now at Watford) on Instagram.

The Italian had already publicly criticised the club's transfer policy and warned, from as far back as August past year, that his squad was not strong enough.

Conte's average of 2.14 points per game in the Premier League is bettered only by Alex Ferguson (2.16) and Guardiola (2.34).

The Italian worldwide put in a glittering performance against Chelsea in the Champions League. Despite this, they managed to pick up some silverware by beating Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup final in May, though Conte had been anticipating the sack this summer. That would make Jorginho the second most expensive player ever to pull on a Chelsea shirt, narrowly behind Alvaro Morata. Chelsea also halted plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge, citing an unfavorable climate to invest in the £500 million (NZ$986 million) project.

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The former Italy national coach returned to take training this week but the writing was on the wall and the drawn out process was reportedly due to how much compensation the club should pay Napoli for his likely successor Maurizio Sarri.

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

Conte led Chelsea to a brilliant title triumph in his first year after inheriting a team that finished 10th the previous season. Each of these three players, among others, thrived under the tutelage of Sarri and that will be fascinating for Chelsea fans heading into the new ere.

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

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