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Reports: Conte to sue Chelsea over how firing was handled

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According to reports in Italy, and backed up by those in England, Antonio Conte is planning to sue Chelsea over the way the club handled his exit this summer.

Chelsea is reportedly planning to pay Conte the rest of his salary in full, but the reports state that the Italian is unhappy how long it took the club to confirm his exit, leaving him unable to secure a job commensurate with his experience level for this coming season.

The 48-year-old is set to receive nearly $12 million as compensation for the final year of his now-terminated contract, but is looking for additional damages given the timing of his departure. Despite the writing clearly on the wall, Conte had weeks of silence from the club, before being pulled back to London to begin pre-season training with the squad for just four days before he was then let go.

Upon his release, Conte released a relatively benign statement thanking the club, the fans, the staff, and the players, but notably did not thank the board or owner Roman Abramovich.

Things between Chelsea and Conte have been testy for some time now. It was reported earlier last month – before Conte was officially let go – that Chelsea was planning to withhold payment of Conte’s remaining salary and sue the Italian for costing the club money for former striker Diego Costa. Costa told the media he received a text message from Conte while on international duty last summer that he was no longer wanted at the club. If true, the club could have argued that Conte botched the situation and cost the club a significant amount of money. However, it seems the club has – for now – decided not to pursue the lawsuit, with reports stating that Conte is set to receive his salary in full.

Chelsea fire Antonio Conte

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The worst kept secret in soccer is out.

Antonio Conte has been fired as Chelsea’s manager.

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The Italian coach had taken the first few days of preseason training ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, but as he entered the final year of his Chelsea contract it has been clear for months he didn’t want to be around.

And Chelsea released the following statement on Friday, as former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri is expected to replace Conte in the coming hours.

“Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company. 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 won the Premier League title in his first season in charge at Chelsea and he added the FA Cup in his second season, finishing fifth in the Premier League in 2017/18 as they failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. He leaves Chelsea with the best winning percentage (65.1) of any of their managers who’ve managed at least 100 Premier Leaghe games.

The former Italy and Juventus boss revolutionized Chelsea tactically after their disappointing midtable finish in 2015/16 as their title defense went horribly wrong and cost Jose Mourinho his job. The 3-4-3 formation he used was lauded and replicated across the league and his passion on the sidelines was incredible, especially in his debut season in England in 2016/17, as Chelsea won 30 of their 38 PL games.

Last season it was clear from the start he wanted to leave as he signed a new deal in the summer but only on improved terms instead of increased length, plus he clashed with the Chelsea hierarchy over transfer spending and also fell out with Diego Costa, David Luiz and other big name players.

With two trophies in two seasons in charge it is hard to describe Conte’s time at Chelsea as a failure, but the past six months have seen his situation deteriorate rapidly and it was clear he wasn’t going to walk away from the final year of his contract until he was fired.

That’s now happened and it believed Conte will pick up around $12 million in compensation from the club.

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Reports: Conte out at Chelsea

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Multiple reports say Chelsea has parted ways with head coach Antonio Conte, ending a tumultuous year at Stamford Bridge.

Conte led Chelsea back to a Premier League title in 2016-17, but this season was rife with acrimony.

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The Londoners are expected to appoint ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri as Conte’s replacement.

Chelsea won the FA Cup this season, but finished five points back of the Top Four in league play. The Blues fell to Barcelona in the Champions League’s Round of 16.

Conte was vocal about his desire for player signings before last season, and it seemed unhappy marriage from very early in the campaign.

Sarri, Jorginho set to join Chelsea

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Multiple reports claim that Antonio Conte has taken charge of his last training session as Chelsea manager.

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The Italian coach, who was expected to leave Stamford Bridge over the summer, has taken charge of the opening days of preseason at Chelsea’s Cobham training base despite entering into the final year of his contract with neither himself or the club eager to extend his stay.

And reports state that Chelsea and Napoli have agreed a $75 million fee for Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri and star midfielder Jorginho.

According to Napoli’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis Jorginho, a long-time transfer target for Manchester City, has decided to move to Chelsea as he “would rather live in London” over Manchester.

“We said to ourselves, ‘if Jorginho has any requests, we’ll take them into account’. For that, I’ll have to apologise to Manchester City. However, if the player would rather live in London than Manchester, I can understand that. If Chelsea are paying him even more, I can understand that too. Jorginho and Sarri together again? Jorginho would go to Chelsea regardless of Sarri.”

De Laurentiis was talking at the unveiling of Napoli’s new boss Carlo Ancelotti, who he appointed before Sarri had officially left. He confirmed that Sarri should be Chelsea’s new boss by the end of the day.

“Sarri is close to being new Chelsea manager. My lawyers are in talks with his lawyers to finalise everything.”

Conte’s deal at Chelsea is said to be worth over $12 million per season and he is not expected to walk away without compensation after winning the Premier League title and FA Cup in his first two seasons in English soccer with the west London club.

It appears a deal must have been struck for both Sarri and Conte to move on, as Chelsea step up their preseason plans with a trip to Australia on July 23 at the forefront of their plans. They have yet to sign a new player, while there is plenty of uncertainty as owner Roman Abramovich struggles with visa issues.

Sarri led Napoli to second place in the Serie A table last season and received widespread praise for the fluid, attacking nature of his team.