Chelsea have officially confirmed the departure of head coach Antonio Conte.
The Premier League side had, by all accounts, informed Conte and his coaching staff that they were no longer employed at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, but have waited nearly 24 hours to make the information public.
A short statement on Chelsea’s website gave a brief account of Conte’s two-year spell at the club before wishing the former Italy boss well in the future:
“During Antonio’s time at the club, we won our sixth league title and eighth FA Cup. In the title winning season, the club set a then-record 30 wins in a 38-game Premier League season, as well as a club-record 13 consecutive league victories.
“We wish Antonio every success in his future career.”
Conte’s first season at the club was a major success, delivering Premier League success at the first attempt. Relations between manager and board soured last year, however, and exiling popular first-team players such as Diego Costa and David Luiz only served to make matters worse.
Finishing outside of the top four was the final straw for Roman Abramovich and the Chelsea hierarchy, with victory in the FA Cup scant consolation for missing out on next season’s Champions League. As such, it always appeared to be a case of when, rather than if, Conte would be given his marching orders.
The Italian’s replacement, Maurizio Sarri, is now expected to be confirmed as Conte’s successor in the very near future, with Napoli midfielder Jorginho set to follow.