Antonio Conte has thanked Chelsea
players and staff for their “hard work and support” during his time at the club. Conte made this known in a farewell message on Monday issued through the League Managers Association (LMA).
Conte was sacked as Chelsea head coach on Friday, with former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri named as his successor a day later following a protracted on-off move to the Premier League.
Conte led Chelsea to the Premier League title during his first year in charge but they were unable to defend their crown last season, finishing fifth in the table before beating Manchester United in the
FA Cup final.
“I would like to thank all of my friends at Chelsea Football Club for their hard work
and support over the past two seasons which enabled us to win the Premier League and FA Cup together.
“To the players, whose talent and
commitment was so important to our
successes, I thank them for everything. It has been a pleasure working with them every day.
“To my staff, who always worked so hard, I must say thank you and well done for their professionalism and dedication throughout.
“I have enjoyed my time in England and London so much and I want to thank the Chelsea fans who have been amazing to me and my family,” he said.
“It was fantastic for me to be able to share my emotions, passion and
enthusiasm throughout two unforgettable seasons with these amazing Chelsea supporters, who will always stay in my heart.
“I hope Chelsea will continue to be
successful and I wish everyone well for next season.
“I have made many memories during my time with Chelsea, which I will take with me into my next challenge,” he added.