Antonio Conte: Chelsea sack Italian after two years in charge

Conte has clashed with Chelsea staff over when their players should return for training

Conte has clashed with Chelsea staff over when their players should return for training

Chelsea legend, John Terry, has paid tribute to Antonio Conte after the Italian was relieved of his managerial duties by club on Thursday.

Conte won the Premier League in his first season and the FA Cup in May, but the team finished fifth in the league last season, missing out on Champions League qualification.

According to various reports, former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri will take over from Conte.

But Chelsea player Cesc Fabregas has thanked Conte on social media and wished him "luck for the future".

It was clear that the Italian manager would not continue in his role after he fell out with a number of players and openly criticised the club's spending.

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Speculation had shrouded his position last season, as Conte did little to hide his dissent over Chelsea's transfer business in the summer of 2017 and winter of 2017-18, making thinly-veiled criticisms of "the club".

Despite being axed by Napoli, Sarri remained under contract with the club and they have been seeking a compensation figure from Chelsea to allow him to join the Blues. Gianfranco Zola will return to Chelsea on Sarri's staff.

Chelsea's Italian head coach Antonio Conte looks on during the English Premier League football match between Watford and Chelsea at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, north of London on February 5, 2018.

Napoli are also expecting compensation of around £4.5million for Sarri, who is under contract even though he is no longer their coach.

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