Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Maurizio Sarri appointed Chelsea's new manager

Maurizio Sarri appointed Chelsea's new manager

Chelsea have finally confirmed Maurizio Sarri as their new manager, a day after Antonio Conte was shown the door.

Conte even turned up to take training sessions this week amid the confusion - but player power still appears to rule the roost at Stamford Bridge. "Best of luck, Maurizio!"

Manchester City are furious with Napoli and new Chelsea signing Jorginho for reneging on a deal to join the Premier League champions.

Uncertainty shrouded Conte's position all last season and it had looked like he would depart in February, after successive losses by a three-goal margin to Bournemouth and Watford.

Playmaker Fabregas "liked" a message welcoming Conte's departure on Twitter, later apologising and suggesting he had pressed the button in error. "Thank you for everything boss".

"He has plenty of experience in Serie A and the Champions League and we know he is relishing the chance to work in the Premier League".

Conte had a year to run on his contract and delivered the Premier League title in his first season, but FA Cup success last term masked a disappointing fifth-place finish and problems with the club's hierarchy.

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.

Sarri is the 13th permanent boss at Chelsea since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the club in June 2003 and the sixth Italian to get the job.

There is a strong argument that this is the most turbulent time of Abramovich's ownership.

And the Blues face on-pitch challenges too, with Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal going from strength to strength.

Chelsea have also indefinitely postponed plans to rebuild Stamford Bridge in a scheme which would cost more than £1billion.

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

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

The writing had been on the wall for some time for the former Juventus manager, with Maurizio Sarri set to take over either today or tomorrow.

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