Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company.
The former Italy and Juventus manager guided the club to Premier League success in his inaugural campaign in English football, but failed to retain the title last season, with the club finishing outside the top four. "In the title winning season, the club set a then-record 30 wins in a 38-game season".
The club's 64-word announcement was eventually made on Friday (Saturday NZT), ending with: "We wish Antonio every success in his future career".
The Italian global was thought at one stage to be heading to Manchester City, but Sarri and Chelsea have managed to convince him to forego a season of Champions League football and move to West London instead.
Two trophies in two seasons but the writing was on the wall.
Sarri, who comes off the back of a wonderful season with Napoli, had been sacked during the summer but remains under contract with the Serie A runners-up. Sarri, 59, is expected to replace his compatriot.
Chelsea are aiming to announce Sarri over the weekend or early next week, with club legend Gianfranco Zola set to come in as assistant coach.
Two months after guiding Chelsea to the Premier League title with a seven-point cushion in 2016-17, Conte signed an improved two-year contract at Stamford Bridge. If Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink's second spells are included, it is the 14th managerial change in only 15 years for Chelsea under the Russian oligarch.
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He also clashed with senior players such as Diego Costa and David Luiz while others had begun to grow tired of his methods.