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Chelsea fires Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri the likely replacement


In a long anticipate move, Chelsea has parted ways with manager Antonio Conte and is looking to appoint former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri as his replacement.

The move was made official earlier Thursday morning when the club finished negotiating a buyout for the final year of Conte’s contract.

Conte led Chelsea to the Premier League title in 2016-17, his first year on the job after taking over for Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink. The team fell off in terms of form last season, but they still managed to win the FA Cup last May.

Conte’s relationship with several senior players, as well as Chelsea’s board of directors, sealed his fate. He had been holding out since the end of the season, hoping to receive the full payment for the final year of his contract before leaving.

As for Sarri, he managed at Napoli last season where he led them to a second place finish behind perennial champions Juventus for the second time in three years at the club.  This will be his first stop outside of Italy. His managerial career began in 2005 with Pescara and he bounced around with six other lower-level Italian clubs before landing with Napoli.

He takes over a club that will hopefully gain some stability this offseason. Several key names like Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard have been waiting for Conte’s future to be determined before signing long term deals. Chelsea is also hoping to sign Italy international midfielder Jorginho. It’s likely the Sarri move and that Jorginho addition could be announced at the same time.


  1. I wonder what effect this will have on Miazga. Had Conte stayed, you could have bet he would have been back on loan, probably to a Bundisliga or a mid/low table EPL team, but you never know what a new coach may bring. I suspect he may want to look at Miazga in some pre-season friendlies or some games in the ICC. Miazga played pretty well in the France US game coming off only after clashing heads with Giroud (who seemed none the worse for wear at the WC) I expect his standing went up after this game and lets hope the new managements gives him a good look/see in the next month.


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