Chelsea set to announce Maurizio Sarri with contract signed at Stamford Bridge

Saturday, 14 Jul, 2018

Antonio Conte's departure from Chelsea was confirmed on Friday, and the Stamford Bridge faithful are readying themselves for an eighth different manager in seven years.

Sources told ESPN FC on Thursday that Conte, who had refused to walk away from Chelsea unless the final year of his contract was paid in full, had been sacked.

It hasn't been the most productive pre-season at Stamford Bridge with the uncertainty over the coaching position clouding much of the summer, and Antonio Conte has now officially been dismissed by Chelsea as Maurizio Sarri waits to be appointed.

Chelsea are set to announce the departure of manager Antonio Conte after two years in charge. It was on the cards long before last season's FA Cup triumph, which came less than 12 months after he won the Premier League.

'We wish Antonio every success in his future career'.

Before joining Chelsea, Conte had only coached in his native Italy, leading Juventus to three consecutive Serie A titles from 2012-14 before taking over the national team at Euro 2016.

Two trophies in two seasons but the writing was on the wall. "Great man, Great manager".

The sacking brings to an end a fractious two-year relationship between Chelsea and Conte.

Martusciello worked under Sarri as an assistant manager at Empoli and it seems as though he had the chance to reunite with his former colleague at Chelsea for the foreseeable future.

Sarri has also presented a list of players he would like to sign.

Chelsea seeks a 13th permanent manager under Abramovich's ownership, and at possibly the most turbulent period of the Russian billionaire's trophy-filled reign. Attention will then turn towards securing Sarri and Chelsea's other summer targets, believed to include players such as Aleksandr Golovin and Daniele Rugani.