Chelsea have terminated relationships with manager, Antonio Conte after two years in charge with one year still left on the Italian’s contract.
Conte led Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season and the FA Cup in May, but the team finished fifth in the league last season, missing out on Champions League qualification.
Former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri is tipped to succeed his compatriot at Stamford Bridge and thus become Chelsea’s ninth full-time manager since Russian moneybag Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.
Sarri who won no major trophy with Napoli in his three years with the club was however named Serie A Coach of the year in 2016-17.
In a statement by the club on Friday, Chelsea announced that Conte had “parted company” with the club and wished the Italian “every success in his future career.”
This is the sixth time in eight seasons the Premier League’s title-winning manager has left his job by the following summer – if not earlier.
Conte has a clause in his contract that guarantees him a pay-off, thought to be £9m, for the final year.
The club’s Premier League opener is away at Huddersfield on 11 August.