Chelsea fire manager Antonio Conte after two years in charge

Chelsea have parted company with their Italian manager Antonio Conte after two years at Stamford Bridge, the Premier League club said on Friday (Jul 13).

A new contract worth over £300,000-a-week remains on the table, but there is a feeling around the 27-year-old that, following such a good World Cup, that it is time for a new challenge.

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

Chelsea's sacking of Antonio Conte is a mere formality now as Blues midfielder Cesc Fabregas has paid a tribute to the outgoing Italian tactician on Twitter before the club officially announced his exit.

"We won our sixth league title and eighth FA Cup".

"We wish Antonio every success in his future career", the statement read.

El Shaarawy has reached double figures in terms of scoring in just two seasons since making his competitive debut almost a decade ago but during this period, he has produced many match-defining performances.

Sarri guided Napoli to a finish of second in Serie A last season. "If Jorginho moves to Chelsea, my agreement with Abramovich does not depend on Sarri becoming their next manager".

New rules prohibit English clubs from completing new signings after August 9, but they can continue to sell players to foreign clubs until the end of that month.

Sarri has also presented a list of players he would like to sign.

Only two managers have recorded a better points average than him in the Premier League.

A statement lasting just 52 words was all that accompanied confirmation that the ex-Juventus and Italy boss had been let go, just 24 months into his three-year deal.

Vanessa Coleman