Chelsea confirm Antonio Conte has been sacked with 52-word statement

Chelsea expect to appoint former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri as Conte's replacement

Chelsea legend, John Terry, has paid tribute to Antonio Conte after the Italian was relieved of his managerial duties by club on Thursday.

'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.

The Italian guided Chelsea to the Premier League title just one year ago in what was his debut season at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had been stalling on sacking Conte having failed to agree a severance package, but after the former Juventus and Italy boss reported for pre-season it became clear he would not quit.

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Sarri spent a total of three seasons at Napoli, guiding the club to the Champions League in each of his campaigns and establishing them as Scudetto contenders for the first time since the days of Diego Maradona.

Conte took pre-season training this week but ex-Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri expected to take over.

"I wish you every success in the future".

Napoli refused to end Sarri's contract despite hiring Carlo Ancelotti as manager.

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Conte's position has been under scrutiny since the middle of last season when relations with the board became strained amid a feeble title defence.

The chain-smoking former Empoli manager - who will have to restrain himself on the touchline in England where smoking is banned - was named Serie A Coach of the Year in 2016-17.

Should Sarri be appointed, he would be Chelsea's ninth full-time manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

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