Antonio Conte has finally been sacked by Chelsea, but reports are emerging this afternoon as to the reasons behind his departure.
It was no surprise when the news broke on Thursday that the Italian had finally been relieved of his duties, with speculation about his future having persisted for a number of months.
However, according to Sky Sports today, Chelsea are claiming that the Italian is in breach of contract, after he alienated a number of players as well as their being ‘complete breakdown in communication’.
After romping to the Premier League title in his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge, the World was shocked when Diego Costa sensationally announced that he had been told via text message that he was no longer a part of Conte’s plans, despite having scored 20 goals in 35 league games.
Costa refused to return to training, and refused to join any club other than his former side Atletico Madrid, although they were unable to sign him last summer due to a transfer embargo which they failed to overturn. He eventually joined Los Rojiblancos in January.
Over the course of his second season in charge, he has also alienated a number of other players, including David Luiz, Willian, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, all of who have been linked with moves away from the club this summer.
Sky Sports also claim that there was ‘a complete breakdown in communication with the club’s board,’ with the case now seemingly heading for the law courts with both parties yet to agree on the compensation that the Italian is due.
It is thought that Conte’s lawyers will dispute the Chelsea’s claims and hope to secure the full £9 million that he would be owed for the the remaining final year of his three-year contract at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are thought to have tried to come to an agreement on a number of occasions this summer, but to no avail.