What Can Chelsea Fans Expect From Maurizio Sarri?

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Antonio Conte's departure from Chelsea was confirmed on Friday, and the Stamford Bridge faithful are readying themselves for an eighth different manager in seven years.

As he was still in the final year of a three-season contract, Conte is due a £9m payoff which the club will contest.

Chelsea, who have also been in protracted negotiations with former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri whose appointment is imminent, may have been hoping Conte would find another job before they had to act.

"Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company", a brief statement read.

However, his second season in charge ended with a limp title defence as his side finished fifth in the Premier League, crucially missing out on Champions League qualification.

'We wish Antonio every success in his future career'.

His intense training methods angered senior players and he alienated the board with disparaging treatment of Spanish striker Diego Costa and constant carping over the club's failure to replace top players with those of similar ability. "Great man, Great manager".

They offered the 48-year-old no thanks for his work over the last two years as former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri arrived in London.

The former Empoli boss is not known as a big spender which might fit with the slightly more modern Chelsea era of tighter spending.

Many will argue the move is a harsh one, as Conte was decent throughout his reign and he can leave with his head held high as the Blues did not have a trophy-less season during the two terms under his tutelage.

The main reason for the prolonged saga has been compensation.

Two months after guiding Chelsea to the Premier League title with a seven-point cushion in 2016-17, Conte signed an improved two-year contract at Stamford Bridge. Attention will then turn towards securing Sarri and Chelsea's other summer targets, believed to include players such as Aleksandr Golovin and Daniele Rugani.

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