Chelsea Football Club sack manager Antonio Conte

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Chelsea Football Club sack manager Antonio Conte

The Italian won the Premier League in his first season and the FA Cup in May, but the team missed out on Champions League qualification after a disaapointing season - finishing fifth.

This was expected - Roman Abramovich has proved in the past that he is not afraid to sack his managers.

Ex-Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri is expected to succeed his compatriot at Stamford Bridge.

Should Sarri be appointed, he would be Chelsea's ninth full-time manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

During three years with Napoli, Sarri did not won a major honour but guided the club to second, third and second again - behind Juventus in 2017-18.

The former Empoli manager was named Series A Coach of the Year in 2016-17.

Chelsea announced on Friday that Conte had "parted company" with the club, with a two-line statement that ended: "We wish Antonio every success in his future career."

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