Chelsea sack manager Antonio Conte after just two seasons in charge


"Thanks for everything Boss", said Terry. "I wish you every success in the future".

"During Antonio's time at the club, we won our sixth league title and eighth FA Cup".

The former Juventus coach won the Premier League title in his first season, but that initial success was soured by an off-the-field power struggle over the club's transfer policy.

Ex-Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri is expected to succeed his compatriot at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues, however, are braced for a legal battle with the ex-Italy head coach, who wants a £9 million ($12m) payoff.

However, while present players may have had issues with Conte, former Chelsea legend John Terry, who left after the league title winning campaign had nothing but praise for him.

Indeed, the coach may avoid work until June 2019 to strengthen his case for the full £9m sum.

"I loved working and learning from him".

They reportedly include Brazil-born Italy global midfielder Jorginho from Napoli, CSKA Moscow's Russian playmaker Aleksandr Golovin and Italian defender Daniele Rugani from Juventus, the side that edged Napoli in the Serie A title race.

The Blues, however, face a fight to keep Eden Hazard and Willian, who have been linked with big-money moves to Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.

Antonio Conte's protracted divorce from Chelsea was finalized on Friday when he was sacked after a two-year tenure in which he won the English Premier League and FA Cup but failed to gain the power he craved at the London club. The Italian is also unhappy with his overall treatment from the club and the delay in his departure - with only a month to go before the 2018/19 Premier League campaig begins.

Leaving Stamford Bridge was always the likely outcome for Conte following a season in which Chelsea missed out on Champions League qualification after a fifth-place league finish, 30 points behind champion Manchester City.