Chelsea confirmed the exit of Antonio Conte on Friday morning after two seasons at the club. Antonio Contoe after winning the Premier League in his first season in charge and followed by the FA Cup back in May.
Reports on Thursday claimed Conte has been sacked, and the club released a statement announcing the 48-year-old had been axed the following day.
The statement read: ‘Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company. ‘During Antonio’s time at the club, we won our sixth league title and eighth FA Cup.
In the title winning season, the club set a then-record 30 wins in a 38-game Premier League season, as well as a club-record 13 consecutive league victories. ‘We wish Antonio every success in his future career.’
Conte won the Premier League in his first season (Picture: AP) And the FA Cup in his second. Conte departs a year before his contract was due to expire and will now be in line for £9million in compensation.
Chelsea had been stalling on sacking Conte having failed to agree a severance package, but after the former Juventus and Italy boss reported for pre-season it became clear he would not quit. The 48-year-old took training on Thursday, but was told before he left at 3pm his services were no longer required.
Cesc Fabregas and John Terry sends regards to support Conte before the club’s official announcement, appreciating the coach for creating special memories at the club