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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)

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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.

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More to follow.

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