Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Maurizio Sarri agrees to become Chelsea boss, with Gianfranco Zola as assistant

Antonio Conte: Chelsea sack Italian after two years in charge Chelsea sack manager Antonio Conte after two years in charge
Rita Gibson | 14 July, 2018, 07:32

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

It was been reported all week that Conte was on the verge of leaving his post as head coach of the Blues, with Maurizio Sarri close to being appointed as his successor.

"Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company", a brief statement read. 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.

He was in charge of the Italian national team before taking over at the Bridge in 2016.

Like a number of his predecessors, Conte has been dismissed the season after winning a major trophy, pointing to silverware being no guarantee of job security at Stamford Bridge.

But, despite winning the FA Cup last season - beating Manchester United in the final, Chelsea have ditched Conte ahead of the new campaign.

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Chelsea' look set to have a new manager and first summer signing in place in the very near future.

Sarri finished runners-up in Serie A last season with Napoli, pushing perennial Italian champions Juventus to the wire in the chase for the scudetto, but the club would ultimately fall short - during his three years at the Stadio San Paolo he failed to win any silverware.

Media reports said Conte's departure would take to 85 million pounds the amount Chelsea has spent on paying off sacked managers - nearly the record fee Manchester United paid in 2016 for France midfielder Paul Pogba. Sarri, 59, is expected to replace his compatriot. If Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink's second spells are included, it is the 14th managerial change in only 15 years for Chelsea under the Russian oligarch.

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.

At times during the Sarri reign, Napoli played an nearly mesmeric style of football which was just about the most attractive in Europe.

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