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Antonio Conte sacking cost Chelsea £26.6m, club accounts reveal

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 10:26, 8 January 2020

Chelsea paid Antonio Conte £26.6m after relieving him of his managerial duties in 2018, it has been revealed.

The 50-year-old Italian tactician spent two seasons at Stamford Bridge in which he guided the Blues to Premier League.

Conte’s time at Chelsea: Five key things to know…

  • Chelsea hired Antonio Conte as manager in 2016.
  • He would secure a Premier League title in his debut campaign.
  • A disappointing second season saw Conte step down as Blues boss despite winning the FA Cup.
  • He’s since taken charge at Inter Milan and is battling former club Juventus for the Serie A title.
  • Chelsea’s latest set of published accounts, for the financial year ending June 30, 2019 revealed he was paid £26.6m after being sacked.

However, results would take a turn for the worse and despite winning the 2018 FA Cup – against Manchester United led by Jose Mourinho – both parties went their separate ways.

Conte would go on a self-imposed sabbatical whilst his former club hired Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri though his tenure lasted a year before he returned to Italy with Juventus.

Given that Conte signed a two-year contract extension in 2017, he was entitled to a substantial amount in compensation after being dismissed from west London which has now been revealed to be just over £26m.

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“Exceptional items in the current year of £26.6m relate to changes in respect of the men’s team management and coaching staff, together with associated legal costs,” read the club’s latest set of published accounts, for the year ending June 30, 2019.

Conte has since taken charge of Inter Milan and has turned the Nerazzurri into title challengers, with Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez full of goals up front.

After their opening 18 league matches in Serie A they’ve accumulated 45 points, the same as defending champions Juventus, but they sit top of the championship on goal difference.