job security and being the Chelsea manager have never been two things that have gone hand-in-hand.
After months of speculation, Antonio Conte has finally been let go by Chelsea.
The Italian has parted ways with the west London club after delivering a Premier League title and an FA Cup during two roller-coaster seasons.
However, a fifth-place finish that saw the Blues drop into the Europa League proved to be his undoing as the Chelsea big wigs dropped the axe bringing his tenure to an end.
Chelsea were nigh-on impenetrable during Conte’s first year in charge as they stormed to the Premier League title, conceding just 33 goals in the process.
His second season in charge however, turned into a bit of a fiasco as his side’s limp title defence had Conte on the brink of losing his job for what felt like an age.
A large portion of the fans turned on the Italian, blaming the absence of a Plan B for their predicament.
Indeed, it was probably Conte’s inability to adapt once sides figured out how to match Chelsea that ultimately led to his demise.
He will be replaced by former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri who will be tasked with getting the Blues back into the Champions League and winning titles - anything less, and he could soon discover just how fickle being the Chelsea manager can be.
For now though, Conte will be fondly remembered by Chelsea fans - maybe more for his bonkers goal celebrations than anything else - but perhaps for the side he built in the 2016/17 that won the league at a canter, as well.
He always seemed to enjoy himself at Stamford Bridge, and now, he has released a moving statement thanking all involved during his time at the helm of Chelsea.
Lovely words form the Italian.
It was clear to see that Conte knew his time in west London was coming to end for quite a while and the decision to bin him would have come as no surprise in the end.
He certainly won’t be short of new job offers though as he moves into this next season of his career.
One thing is for sure though, whoever does end up securing his signature will have to reinforce their dugout to prevent it crumbling under the weight of a Conte celebration.
Good luck, Antonio.
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