There has been continued speculation over the Italian’s future at the club and now the West Londoners seemed to have come to a conclusion.
Antonio Conte has had two seasons in charge at Chelsea. He massively overwhelmed fans and critics alike in his first season but followed it up with a disappointing 5th place finish. The fiery Italian decided to butt-heads with the management after a quite summer window 12 months ago. The consequences have caught up now and he is set to be sacked.
Antonio Conte has been relieved of his duties as Chelsea’s manager according to Sky Italia. The 48-year-old has been sacked by Roman Abramovich one week into the pre-season. Maurizio Sarri is expected to take over from Conte as Chelsea look to rebuild after missing out on Champions League football. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said on Wednesday that the Premier League side were close to securing a deal for Sarri to replace the former Juventus manager. De Laurentiis announced on Wednesday: “Sarri is close to being the new Chelsea manager. My lawyers are in talks with his lawyers to finalise everything.”
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Antonio Conte on Chelsea future
“We won the FA Cup, for the second time in a row we played the final. I think it’s great. I want to tell thank you to my players and staff and the fans. We deserved this success. It’s a question I didn’t want. I must be honest, I don’t know, I commit to this club, I have a contract with this club. Our job is not simple. When you are the coach of a great team, expectations are very high,” Conte said after winning the FA Cup.
“This is my second season at Chelsea, last season and this season we’re working very hard, it’s not simple to build a strong mentality. Chelsea won and in the next season it wasn’t good enough, we did 120%, our effort was big, but it wasn’t good enough for the Champions League. It’s not my decision [to stay], it’s up to the club.”
Antonio Conte has been unfortunate at Chelsea. The downfall started after he sent the infamous text message to Diego Costa about his future. Everything after it went downhill but the managed to salvage it by winning the FA Cup this season. Personally, I don’t think his stock has taken a hit and he will still be wanted by all the big teams.