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Former Chelsea club captain John Terry has paid a fitting tribute to Antonio Conte, who was sacked as manager of the club on Thursday in a decision that was highly expected from ardent fans of the club.

It hasn't been the most productive pre-season at Stamford Bridge with the uncertainty over the coaching position clouding much of the summer, and Antonio Conte has now officially been dismissed by Chelsea as Maurizio Sarri waits to be appointed.

A statement reads: "Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company".

The Blues added the FA Cup to their trophy haul under Conte back in May following Chelsea FC's 1-0 win against Manchester United at Wembley courtesy of Eden Hazard's victor from the penalty spot.

"I wish you every success in the future". This text will now form the basis of Chelsea's evidence against their former manager.

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In the end, Napoli came up short in the Scudetto race last season but not before they had picked up the highest points tally ever without winning the title and not before making a major impression with his style of play.

Conte leaves with the best win percentage 65.1 per cent of any of Chelsea's managers in the Premier League era.

Napoli are also expecting compensation of around £4.5million for Sarri, who is under contract even though he is no longer their coach.

When Carlo Ancelotti was offloaded after two years in May 2011, despite winning the league and cup double in his maiden campaign, Chelsea recognised his "contribution and achievements" and welcomed him back to the club with open arms.

A statement lasting just 52 words was all that accompanied confirmation that the ex-Juventus and Italy boss had been let go, just 24 months into his three-year deal.


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