Chelsea finally end Conte saga

ESPN pundit Stewart Robson

The Italian coach joined Chelsea in 2016 and led them to the league title in his debut season along with an FA Cup triumph last campaign.

Incredibly the club have released a statement thanking Conte for his services to the club, but the message only consisted of 52 words.

Contrast that to the end of his first season at the club, where Conte was feted for leading Chelsea to the league title by seven points after a record-breaking run of 13 straight wins in the middle of the season, sparked by an inspired and bold change of formation.

"I wish you every success in the future", he wrote.

Fans took to Twitter with a mixed reaction to the dismissal and manner of dismissal of their once beloved coach.

Chelsea have confirmed that they have sacked manager Antonio Conte, though they face the prospect of a prolonged legal battle with the former Juventus boss.

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That speculation only intensified when Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas and former Chelsea captain John Terry paid tribute to Conte on social media. "Great man, Great manager".

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Antonio had reported for three days of pre-season training with the senior side this week, due to complications between Napoli and the West London club in reaching an agreement over compensation for Sarri.

Two trophies in two seasons but the writing was on the wall.

His exit could mean that Chelsea's transfer window finally grinds into gear, with Sarri understood to have already instructed the Blues board to chase a number of players, including Jorginho, who is expected to follow him from Napoli for €58 million.

Maurizio Sarri will not be taking his old backroom staff from Napoli to Chelsea and is only bringing in Gianfranco Zola as his number two.

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