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Antonio Conte sacked: Chelsea to appoint Maurizio Sarri after dumping title-winning boss

Mirror logo Mirror 12/07/2018 Liam Prenderville
Antonio Conte wearing a blue shirt © Provided by Credits: REUTERS

Chelsea have sacked manager Antonio Conte - with Maurizio Sarri set to take over.

Conte guided Chelsea to the Premier League title just one year ago in what was his debut season at Stamford Bridge.

But the last 12 months have not been as successful, with Chelsea missing out on the top four.

Related: Sarri and Jorginho set for Chelsea (Sky Sports)

Conte has looked certain to leave this summer and his exit has been confirmed, despite the Blues' 1-0 win over Manchester United at Wembley in the FA Cup final in his last game in charge.

The Italian's long-term future has been in doubt for months after appearing to publicly criticise the club's transfer policy.

Maurizio Sarri wearing glasses: Coming to the Blues? © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Coming to the Blues?

He signed a new deal last summer, securing a hefty pay rise but did not extend his tenure beyond last summer.

Former Napoli boss Sarri is now poised to take over ahead of the pre-season training camp in Australia.

The Blues are spending a short amount of time at their Cobham base doing their core fitness work before friendlies begin abroad.

Players who have been playing at the World Cup will have staggered return dates.

Related: Why every Chelsea manager in the Abramovich era was sacked (90min)

Claudio Ranieri: September 2000 - May 2004: Ranieri was the man in charge when Abramovich bought the club in 2003. Abramovich invested heavily in the club in his first season, spending over £120m on the likes of Damien Duff, Claude Makelele and Hernan Crespo.However, days after he bought the club, Abramovich was spotted meeting with Sven-Goran Eriksson, and rumours about Eriksson's arrival at Stamford Bridge haunted Ranieri for his final season at the club. Abramovich was clearly looking to replace Ranieri with a manager who could guide Chelsea to greatness.Despite their huge signings, Chelsea finished second in the Premier League, and Ranieri lost all hope of keeping his job as his side were beaten by Monaco in a Champions League semi final which saw Ranieri utilise strange substitutions and tactics. The "tinkering" which he would become famous for with Leicester City was a big reason for his downfall at Chelsea.Eriksson signed a new deal with England, and the emergence of a special Portuguese manager meant Ranieri was finally dismissed at the end of the season. 'You're Fired': Why Every Chelsea Manager During the Roman Abramovich Era Was Sacked

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