Terry Pays Tribute To ‘Great Man, Great Manager’ Conte

Chelsea expect to appoint former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri as Conte's replacement

Antonio Conte has been sacked as Chelsea manager.

The Italian guided Chelsea to the Premier League title just one year ago in what was his debut season at Stamford Bridge.

Sky Sports also believe that former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri is set to take over at the London club.

"Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company", a statement on the club's official website read.

Conte was handed his marching orders on Thursday but Chelsea refused to comment or issue a denial even though Cesc Fabregas and John Terry paid tribute to the Italian.

Conte leaves with the best win percentage 65.1% of any of Chelsea's managers in the Premier League era.

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His intense training methods angered senior players and he alienated the board with a disparaging treatment of Spanish striker Diego Costa and constant carping over the club's failure to replace top players with those of similar ability. "Great man, Great manager".

The chain-smoking former Empoli manager - who will have to restrain himself on the touchline in England where smoking is banned - was named Serie A Coach of the Year in 2016-17.

"I wish you every success in the future".

Conte departs a year before his contract was due to expire and will now be in line for £9million in compensation.

Ex-Napoli coach Sarri, meanwhile, could be presented as his replacement as early as Friday, with the Blues squad already informed over the change in management.

In any event, the working relationship between Conte and Chelsea is over - as soon as that is made public by the club, the appointment of Sarri, with Blues legend Gianfranco Zola as part of the backroom team, will nearly certainly follow shortly after.

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