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

Jo Caldwell
July 14, 2018

After failing to secure UEFA Champions League football this coming season, Chelsea brass made a decision to part ways with the 48-year-old, and now Conte leaves behind a Premier League title in 2016-17 and an FA Cup triumph in the following season.

Conte produced a record 30 Premier League wins during his maiden season, which has since been thwarted by Manchester City's 32 victories last season, while he now boasts Chelsea's longest consecutive league wins with 13.

Part of the reason why Antonio Conte is no longer Chelsea manager is due to his relationship with the likes of Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard.

"We won our sixth league title and eighth FA Cup".

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"We wish Antonio every success in his future career".

He was replaced by former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti in May with the Naples club seeking to end Juventus' dominance in the league.

Conte's average of 2.14 points per game in the Premier League is bettered only by Alex Ferguson (2.16) and Guardiola (2.34).

Maurizio Sarri has signed a deal to become Chelsea's new manager, according to reports.

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Zola scored 59 league goals for Chelsea across seven seasons between 1996 and 2003.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, pictured with the FA Cup trophy in May, has been sacked after two years in charge.

Sarri, who split his time between banking and playing football before he took up coaching aged 40, has not won a major honour in three years at Napoli but has guided the club to finishes of second, third and second again.

Therefore, Chelsea are being forced to pay Napoli a fee to secure Sarri's services.

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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.

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