Antonio Conte: Why did Italian's Chelsea reign turn sour?


Conte’s last act in charge of Chelsea was to deliver the club its eighth FA Cup trophy

It has taken far longer for Antonio Conte and Chelsea to part company than initially thought likely, mainly because of the compensation issues that needed to be resolved.

However, for the seventh time in a decade, Chelsea are changing their manager.

Conte delivered two trophies in two seasons. The former Italy boss guided the Blues to the Premier League title in his first campaign but the FA Cup was considered a poor return last season.

Conte’s 65% win percentage was higher than anyone who spent more than 40 games in charge of the club since Avram Grant left in 2009 – but a premature exit for the 48-year-old former Italy and Juventus boss was always likely, explains BBC Sport’s Simon Stone.

Has he been the ‘real’ Conte?

The warnings started coming even before Conte had defied expectations to win the title in his debut season.

A posse of Italian journalists had attached themselves to the former national coach to chronicle his time at Stamford Bridge for an expectant public back home.

They had been startled by Conte’s smiling, jovial demeanour.

This was a man known for his short fuse, who resigned at Juventus a month before the start of the 2014-15 season, furious at the club’s botched transfer policy, annoyed at their pre-season schedule and irritated by those exerting influence behind the scenes.

In that brilliant first campaign in London, Conte’s only significant issue came with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who was angered by what he perceived to be the Italian’s excessive celebrations