The Italian was informed of his departure on
Thursday, with former Napoliboss Maurizio Sarri set to replace him.
Conte was appointed as Chelsea manager in
the summer of 2016, leaving his role as Italy
head coach to take the job at Stamford Bridge.
He enjoyed a hugely successful first season in
English football, leading the London club to the
Premier League title.
However, the Blues mounted a miserable
defence of their title last season, finishing fifth.
They did end the 2017/18 campaign on a high
by winning the FA Cup but there was intense
speculation over Conte’s future throughout the
The 48-year-old is understood to have angered
the Chelsea hierarchy with critical comments
about the club’s recruitment policy.
Conte returned to Chelsea’s training ground on
Monday for the start of pre-season and has
been putting the squad through their paces all
this week.
But he was summoned to a meeting on
Thursday and told his services are no longer
Former Napoli boss Sarri is expected to be
appointed as his successor.
Sarri led Napoli to a record points total last
season as they finished a narrow second in
Serie A behind champions
But he was replaced as manager of the Italian
club by Carlo Ancelotti in May.