Chelsea
Conte

Chelsea have sacked Antonio Conte, less than two years after he won the Premier League title with them.

Concise News understands that the Italian, who also won the FA Cup during his two-year reign, was told that his services were no longer needed by Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck at a meeting on Thursday.

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The first-team players were given the afternoon off from their pre-season training regime.

Buck was seen leaving the training ground at 2.10pm in his classic Porsche after delivering the news, which has been expected since the end of last season.

Conte was driven to training this morning by his assistant manager Carlo Cudicini, former Chelsea and Spurs goalkeeper.

The 48-year-old had reported back for duty at the start of the week and began taking first team pre-season training as usual.

At the same time the Blues board had been busy trying to agree a deal which would see Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri take charge of the club.

Those talks have now reached a conclusion, with Napoli giving the green light for Sarri, 59, to move to the Premier League.

It is believed he will have Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola as part of his backroom staff.