– Chelsea players trained on Friday for the first time without Antonio Conte
– The club officially announced the Italia’s departure without adding applauding his achievements
– Maurizio Sarri is expected to take charge ahead of the club’s pre-season tour
Chelsea squad members resumed training on Friday morning less than 24 hours after former manager Antonio Conte was sacked by the Premier League side.
According to a UK daily Mail report, the players were informed about the Italian exit from the club eggheads before commencing the day’s training session at the Blues’ Cobham base.
Eddie Newton took charge of the proceedings, as players circled around him a brief talk before commencing training.
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On the other hand, the West London side issued a brief statement on its official website earlier on Friday confirming the Italian’s immediate departure in 61 words without taking out time outline some of his achievements at the club or even wishing him well in his future endeavours.
Interestingly, during his 2-year sojourn at the Stamford Bridge the Italian claimed the Premier League and FA Cup silverware while at the helms of affair.
However, relationship between the manager and his employers worsened during his second year in the saddle despite winning the FA Cup.
Chelsea are now working towards employing 59-year-old ex- Napoli manger Maurizio Sarri ahead of the club’s new campaign beginning with their pre-season tour of Australia.
Interestingly, Conte’s second assistant Carlo Cudicini was also spotted helping out Newton during Friday’s training.
Chelsea are currently fine-tuning strategies ahead of their pre-season clash against Perth Glory on Monday, July 23, before turning attention to the International Champions Cup.
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The FA Cup winners are also scheduled to tackle Arsenal as well as Serie A side Inter Milan, before a Community Shield showdown with last season’s Premier League champions Manchester City.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that Chelsea have terminated Antonio Conte’s contract just two years after taking the job.
The Italian tactician became the Blues manager in the summer of 2016 and won the English topflight title for them in his debut season.
He ran into trouble with his employers after his first season at the Stamford Bridge but managed to wrap up the 2017-18 season with silverware – beating Manchester United to win this year’s FA Cup.
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