Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

John Terry reacts to Conte's sack as Chelsea manager

John Terry reacts to Conte's sack as Chelsea manager

Chelsea have fired manager Antonio Conte after a two-year tenure in which he won the English Premier League and FA Cup.

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

Conte led Chelsea to a brilliant title triumph in his first year after inheriting a team that finished 10th the previous season.

Conte's been absent from all social media posts by the club, which has only fuelled rumours that he won't be in charge by the time the Premier League season starts in August.

Conte's future with the Roman Abramovich-owned club has looked uncertain for months, however, with the West Londoners failing to qualify for the coming season's Champions League after finishing fifth last season.

Former Juventus and Italy boss Conte signed a three-year contract before becoming Chelsea head coach in July 2016.

The Italian's main gripe for the past year was Chelsea's failure to land the signings he really wanted for its Premier League title defense.

The Chelsea playmaker thanked his boss for his time at the club and wished him the best for the future, as did both Belgian winger Charly Musonda and midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah (now at Watford) on Instagram. "Great man, Great manager".

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But it seems Sarri has work to do when it comes to building his staff as according to Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport, none of his backroom boys from Napoli are set to join him at Chelsea.

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.

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The main reason for the prolonged saga has been compensation.

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

Sarri didn't win a major title at Napoli, however, and that would not be tolerated at Chelsea.

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.

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