Chelsea Announce Maurizio Sarri As New Manager

Maurizio Sarri is the favourite to succeed fellow Italian Antonio Conte as Chelsea boss

Chelsea take on Huddersfield Town in their opening fixture of the new Premier league campaign on August 11.

Conte has been on the verge of an exit since the closing stages of the 2017-18 season, but due to a multitude of reasons, the club have dallied in making it official.

Conte thanked his players, staff and the Blues fans, adding: "It was fantastic for me to be able to share my emotions, passion and enthusiasm throughout two unforgettable seasons with these wonderful Chelsea supporters, who will always stay in my heart".

Antonio Conte repeatedly hinted at tension with the Chelsea hierarchy
Antonio Conte repeatedly hinted at tension with the Chelsea hierarchy

"During Antonio's time at the club, we won our sixth league title and eighth FA Cup".

The Premier League side, by all accounts, parted company with Conte on Thursday as they look to have former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri appointed as their new head coach in the very near future.

He will be tasked with returning Chelsea to Europe's top club competition after they finished fifth in the Premier League - outside the Champions League qualification places for the second time in three seasons.

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But eventually the French players - who had remained silent, perhaps bemused by the row, felt compelled to speak out. The Etoile station is, for now, "On a 2 Etoiles" (We have 2 stars), to denote France's second World Cup victory.

Maurizio Sarri will not be taking his old backroom staff from Napoli to Chelsea and is only bringing in Gianfranco Zola as his number two.

They have a Community Shield clash with Manchester City on August 5 on the horizon as well while their Premier League opener sees them visit Huddersfield Town on August 11.

Nearly two months later Chelsea are looking for a 13th permanent boss of Roman Abramovich's ownership, which began in June 2003.

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Chelsea's first game of pre-season is the July 23 friendly with Perth Glory.

Chelsea have signed Italy midfielder Jorginho from Napoli after Manchester City pulled out of a £50m deal.

The Blues' non-World Cup players are expected to return to the Cobham training ground this weekend for fitness tests and body fat appraisals.

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The two sides will meet on Sunday in the World Cup final , with France going for its second title in its third final in 20 years. After Croatia came out of the break hot yet again, with more than a few chances to equalize, France shut the door on the match.

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