Wednesday, 22 August, 2018

Conte out, Sarri in? Futures could become clearer on Friday

Chelsea sack Conte after months of uncertainty Cesc Fabregas pays tribute to Antonio Conte BEFORE Chelsea confirm sacking
Jennie Wade | 21 July, 2018, 17:01

Just hours after announcing ex-Napoli boss Sarri as Antonio Conte's replacement on a three-year deal, Jorginho was unveiled on a five-year contract.

Sarri has been no stranger to controversy in his managerial career and the 59-year-old had to offer Chelsea assurances with regards to his viewpoint and future behaviour before they agreed to make him Antonio Conte's successor, according to a report in the Telegraph. "Best of luck, Maurizio!"

Speaking in an interview with Chelsea FC's website, Sarri said: "I am very happy to be coming to Chelsea and the Premier League".

Conte did little to hide his dissent over Chelsea's transfer business in the summer of 2017 and winter of 2017-18, making thinly-veiled criticisms of "the club".

The former Partenopei coach also apologised earlier this year for taking exception to a female reporter's question at a post-match press conference and replying: "You're a woman, you're pretty, for those two reasons I won't tell you to piss off".

Afterwards Conte said he was a "serial winner" who "can't change", citing his contract as he answered speculation it would be his final match in charge.

Jorginho was close to joining Manchester City this offseason but he has moved instead to a team that finished 30 points behind the Premier League champion last season and won't be playing in the Champions League this season.

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However with Sarri still under contract with Napoli, and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich reluctant to spend in light of his visa issues, all parties had been left in limbo until Conte was finally relieved of his duties on Friday.

He then wrote on Twitter: "Thank you Mister for another Premier League title and FA Cup".

This is arguably the toughest period of Abramovich's ownership, with the Russian facing visa issues with the United Kingdom authorities.

Blues supporters will hope for a swift about-turn and progress at the club.

His first game in charge will be in the friendly with Perth Glory on July 23.

With two trophies, Conte's spell as boss will likely be considered a success.

Gianfranco Zola, the former Chelsea playmaker, could join Sarri's coaching staff - if his fellow Italian is appointed.

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