Sacking Antonio Conte cost Chelsea £26.6m

Chelsea FC’s latest accounts show that they paid a total of £26.6m in compensation to former manager Antonio Conte and his backroom staff including legal costs.

Antonio Conte was relieved of his duty as Chelsea manager in 2018 after two years on the job and replaced by Maurizio Sarri. The Italian tactician helped Chelsea to win the 2017 Premier League title but was dismissed a year later with 12 months left on his contract. The Blues finished 5th and failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

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Conte now at Inter Milan also led Chelsea to an FA Cup triumph after beating a Jose Mourinho led Manchester United 1 nil in the final at Wembley in the same season he was sacked.

The Blues’ latest set of published accounts for the year ending June 30, 2019 read: “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”

The Roman Abramovich owned side have paid over £90 million in compensation to managers since 2004.

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