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Breaking: Chelsea Hires Napoli Coach Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri is the new Chelsea head coach, replacing Antonio Conte. The Italian moves to Stamford Bridge following a three-year spell at Serie A side Napoli.

Maurizio Sarri is the new Chelsea head coach, replacing Antonio Conte. The Italian moves to Stamford Bridge following a three-year spell at Serie A side Napoli.

During his time there, the 59 year-old gaffer, revitalised the fortunes of the club and returned them to the Champions League while playing a scintillating brand of expansive, attacking football.

In his three years at the helm, Napoli recorded two second-place finishes in their domestic league, including last season when they achieved a record points total for a runner-up, and one third place. In 2017, he won the Serie A Coach of the Year award.

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Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia

Sarri, who has signed a three-year contract, said: ‘I am very happy to be coming to Chelsea and the Premier League. It is an exciting new period in my career.

‘I look forward to starting work and meeting the players on Monday ahead of travelling to Australia, where I will be able to get to know the squad and begin our match action.

‘I hope we can provide some entertaining football for our fans, and that we will be competing for trophies at the end of the season, which is what this club deserves.’

Director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘We are delighted to welcome Maurizio and are looking forward to him bringing his football philosophy to Chelsea.

‘Maurizio’s Napoli side played some of the most exciting football in Europe, impressing with their attacking approach and dynamism, and his coaching methods significantly improved the players at his disposal.

‘He has plenty of experience in Serie A and the Champions League and we know he is relishing the chance to work in the Premier League.’

*From Chelsea Statement on website.

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