Antonio Conte has been sacked by Chelsea, SunSport understands. The Italian was told he was axed at a meeting today after two years in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck drove to their Cobham training ground this morning to deliver the news to Conte, who won the Premier League title and the FA Cup during his two-year reign.
The first-team players were given the afternoon off from their pre-season training regime.
Buck was seen leaving the training ground at 2.10pm in his classic Porsche after delivering the news, which has been expected since the end of last season.
Conte was driven to training this morning by his assistant manager Carlo Cudicini, the former Chelsea and Spurs goalkeeper.
Napoli manager Maurizio Sarrri, left, is expected to replace Conte at Stamford Bridge
The 48-year-old had reported back for duty at the start of the week and began taking first-team pre-season training as usual.
At the same time, the Blues board had been busy trying to agree a deal which would see Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri take charge of the club.
Those talks have now reached a conclusion, with Napoli giving the green light for Sarri, 59, to move to the Premier League.
It is believed he will have Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola as part of his backroom staff.
One that deal was in place, the club moved quickly to finally bring to an end the ongoing uncertainty surrounding just who was in charge.
And SunSport understands the club have agreed to pay up the £9million due for the remaining year of Conte's contract.
It brings to an end a relationship which started promisingly but ended with the manager at odds with his bosses over their transfer policy.
The former Juventus boss delivered the Premier League in his first season in charge, but the wheels began to fall off almost immediately after.
It emerged he had told star striker Diego Costa he was being axed in a curt text message – causing the player to go AWOL and forcing the Blues to take a hit on his transfer fee.
And with Conte continually undermining his squad by claiming he wanted better players, their title defence went down the pan completely as they eventually finished fifth.
Chelsea declined to comment.
- Organised Labour rejects 18% salary increment
- Qatar 2022: “Kudus is currently the World Cup best player” – Prince Boateng
- Minority welcomes government’s decision to reintroduce road toll in 2023
- Government to reintroduce road toll in 2023
- Ofori-Atta has more integrity than 99% of politicians I know in Ghana – Prof. Stephen Adei
- ‘Insulting’ Ashanti Regional NSS Boss to appear before Committee of Inquiry
- Ato Forson calls out ministers and MPs for abandoning 2023 budget to watch football in Qatar
- 2023 Budget: TUC rejects government’s salary projection of ₵44.9m
- IMF confirms Ghana’s intention to conduct debt restructuring in 2023
- Ashanti Regional NSS Director suspended for verbally abusing a nurse
- Hubtel extends operations to the Northern Region
- NACOC seizes Amphetamine tablets concealed in café worth $1.4m
- GRA to focus on Hospitality and Tourism Sector during festive season to rake in revenue
- COVID Levy: People feel scammed – Kofi Bentil
- Sam Jonah: Extractives, climate change and energy transition: what the future holds for Africa
- Darkovibes releases new single ‘Yao’
- Qatar 2022: Ghanaians want Black Stars to exact revenge on Uruguay
- WAEC releases provisional results for 2022 WASSCE; 8,486 candidates in trouble
- It’s not my fault Asamoah Gyan missed the penalty in 2010 – Luis Suarez
- Ashanti Regional Health Directorate engages stakeholders on Marburg virus prevention
- Conjugate vaccine in lessening typhoid burden in Ghana
- We still need to work hard to achieve our target – Otto Addo
- Ghana’s topmost CEOs to attend prestigious CEOs business networking cocktail
- We are working to support SMEs to leverage AfCFTA-Gender Minister
- Adidas’ in-ball sensor confirms Ronaldo didn’t score World Cup “hair goal”