Two trophies in two seasons but the writing was on the wall.
Antonio Conte's protracted divorce from Chelsea was finalised on Friday (Saturday NZ Time) when he was sacked after a two-year tenure in which he won the English Premier League and FA Cup but failed to gain the power he craved at the London club.
Conte leaves with the best win percentage 65.1 per cent of any of Chelsea's managers in the Premier League era.
"During Antonio's time at the club, we won our sixth league title and eighth FA Cup".More news: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex joins The Queen for second balcony appearance
Chelsea FC will be looking to at least break back into the top four next season after their disappointing campaign last term.
"We wish Antonio every success in his future career", the statement read.
British media pointed at the 48-year-old's likely severance package, a reported 9 million pounds ($11.81 million) if he sits out the year remaining on his contract, had been one of the sticking points.
But it will be another fresh start for Chelsea with Sarri becoming the club's seventh permanent manager since 2011.More news: SC slams Centre for 'lethargy' over protection of Taj Mahal
The former Empoli boss is not known as a big spender which might fit with the slightly more modern Chelsea era of tighter spending.
Sarri didn't win a major title at Napoli, however, and that would not be tolerated at Chelsea. They claim that the deal is now complete, with Gianfranco Zola set to be appointed his assistant.
Conte's volcanic intensity also alienated some insiders, including leading players whose discontent filtered out.
Russia World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin is another close to arriving from CSKA Moscow, along with Juventus defender Daniele Rugani.More news: Chelsea sack Antonio Conte 7 hours ago
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