The pride of London, Chelsea have sacked Antonio Conte as the head coach of the senior team.
The Italian transformed the club from also-rans to champions in his first season in charge but he’s now been given his marching orders.
A poor start to 2018, including heavy defeats against Watford and Tottenham meant Chelsea finished outside of the top four and will be in the Europa League next season.
No matter what you say about him. He took over a broken Chelsea side and made them Champions in the first season with record number wins. He started the 3-atb trend in premier league. Credit to him ..<3#Chelsea #antonioconte pic.twitter.com/dBI0W6eEle
— MRR Naeem🇵🇰🇵🇰 (@Purekasuri) July 12, 2018
The Italian was widely expected to leave Chelsea after a number of high-profile spats with those behind the scenes.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) July 12, 2018
Conte often vented his frustration about the club’s transfer policy throughout last season and his relationship with the players had become strained, despite their FA Cup victory.
Antonio will always have a place in Chelsea history for that PL title – the least expected, most enjoyable, since the first in 2005. Refreshingly engaging to start with. More & more distant as time wore on. Poorly handled departure, but both parties seem to agree it's time to go.
— Dan Levene (@danlevene) July 12, 2018
Conte’s departure from the club had been delayed with the Blues working out a compensation package for the Italian, who had one year remaining on his contract at the club.
Antonio Conte for Chelsea in the Premier League
Games managed — 76
Won — 51
Drawn — 10
Lost — 15
Win success rate — 67.1%
Goals scored — 147
Goals conceded — 71
Trophies — Premier League 2016/17, FA Cup 2017/18 pic.twitter.com/p8nHMmxXbG
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 12, 2018
It is believed that the Blues agreed on a fee in the region of £9.5m to pay off Conte and his staff.