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Former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri is set to be confirmed as Chelsea’s new head coach after Antonio Conte was finally relieved of his duties after two years in charge. Should Sarri be appointed, he would be Chelsea’s ninth full-time manager since roman Ibramovich bought the club in 2003.

Sarri, who split his time between banking and playing football before he took up coaching aged 40, has not won a major honor in three years at Napoli but has guided the club to finishes of second, third and second again.

Sarri is believed to have agreed to bring former Chelsea favorite Gianfranco Zola — whose managerial career has stalled after a series of failures along as one of his backroom staff.
Conte’s future was under scrutiny even as his side beat Manchester united to lift the fa cup in May but he remained in place at the club.

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