Where has Conte & Chelsea fairy-tale gone bad?
- As the end in inevitable, the BBC Sport's Simon Stone explains why it does not come as a surprise
The board issue: Conte is not the one to obey without a grumble
"The warnings started coming even before Conte had defied expectations to win the title in his debut season. 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."
Chelsea have sacked Antonio Conte. In his time at the club, they played 106 games;— Lists NG (@ListsNG) July 12, 2018
Won - 69
Drew - 17
Lost - 20.
Success rate - 65.1 %
Trophies - Premier League 2016/17, FA Cup 2017/18.
Awards - FIFA The Best coach, (2nd) 2017. EPL Manager of the year, 2016/17. #GoodbyeConte pic.twitter.com/fyEegALLY8
Diego Costa rift
"Nearly everyone at Chelsea acknowledges that, as manager, Conte was within his rights to decide he could manage perfectly well without Diego Costa. What astonished and infuriated the Blues hierarchy was the method by which the manager told his player his services were no longer required: a text message, which Costa made public in June while on international duty with Spain."
Willian & David Luiz to follow
"Midfielder Willian is acknowledged to be one of the most popular, easy-going and laid-back members of the Chelsea squad. When the 29-year-old Brazilian marked Chelsea's FA Cup final victory on 19 May on social media, he did so by posting a picture of the entire Blues squad and backroom team on the Wembley pitch with the trophy - but completely covered the image of Conte with three cup emojis, one on top of the other.
Willian on instagram blocking out Conte with the cup emoji hahahaha unreal pic.twitter.com/kaNcllH6RC— Eric (@ericwongX) May 21, 2018
"Although ruled out by knee and ankle injuries for the past three months of the season, Willian's compatriot David Luiz started only four games in three months after questioning Conte's team selection before the Champions League hammering by Roma on 31 October."
Conte might have been Chelsea's best manager, however, the end was hardly unpredictable
"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."