Chelsea have confirmed that they have sacked manager Antonio Conte, though they face the prospect of a prolonged legal battle with the former Juventus boss.
The Italian took charge of their first four days of pre-season but speculation had long suggested he would be fired by the Stamford Bridge outfit.
This was finally confirmed on Friday via a statement released by the Blues, who wished Conte success in the future.
“Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company,” the statement read.
“During Antonio’s time at the club, we won our sixth league title and eighth FA Cup. In the title-winning season, the club set a then-record 30 wins in a 38-game Premier League season, as well as a club-record 13 consecutive league victories.
“We wish Antonio every success in his future career.”
The Blues, however, are braced for a legal battle with the ex-Italy head coach, who wants a £9 million ($12m) payoff.
Conte wants full payment of compensation for himself and all his staff.
Chelsea don’t feel like they have to pay him off and are ready to go through legal channels, which is a route that both parties are happy to take.