Maurizio Sarri agrees to become Chelsea boss, with Gianfranco Zola as assistant

Maurizio Sarri agrees to become Chelsea boss, with Gianfranco Zola as assistant

Conte had been expected to go at the end of last season after Chelsea, who won the 2016-17 Premier League title in his stellar first campaign in charge, finished fifth and failed to qualify for the Champions League.

And former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is expected to be appointed as Conte's successor over the weekend.

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

In 61 words, the club confirmed the dismissal of the manager who delivered them the Premier League title in his debut season and the FA Cup less than two months ago.

Higuain played under Sarri at Napoli and the Italian wants a reunion at Stamford Bridge after putting pen to paper on a contract on Friday.

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.

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Chelsea have finally announced that Antonio Conte has left the club after months of speculation surrounding his future. "I wish you every success in the future".

The 26-year-old was a star player for Maurizio Sarri's side that pushed Juventus all the way in the Serie A title race last season. Sarri spent three years at the club and led them to two runner-up finishes and a third place, playing an entertaining and high-energy brand of football like that seen at Man City under Pep Guardiola, Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino, and Liverpool under Juergen Klopp.

The former Napoli boss will be joined by Chelsea hero Gianfranco Zola as his assistant.

Sarri is central to Chelsea's 14th change of coach since Roman Abramovich arrived in 2003, although yet again there will be a costly severance payment to the outgoing coach.

Piotr Zielinski, Jorginho and Lorenzo Insigne have also flourished with Sarri at the helm.

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