The club has now spent more than £90m in pay-offs to managers under Roman Abramovich

Ten months after the beginning of the bitter legal battle between club and their former manager, Chelsea have been ordered by an arbitration tribunal to pay Antonio Conte £9 million in compensation after being sacked by the club last summer.

Conte was sacked without compensation on July 13th, claiming that he was in ‘breach of contract’ due to his fractured relationship and overall behaviour with players and the board at the end of his tenure at Stamford Bridge.

Conte’s decision to exile Diego Costa from his team during the 2017 summer transfer window via a text message was seen as another determining factor in the decision to dismiss him.

The £9 million awarded to the Italian manager – who guided Chelsea to a Premier League title in 2017 and a FA Cup in 2018 – means that the club has now spent almost £93 million in pay-offs to former managers since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2013, which could become more if they decide to dismiss current head coach Maurizio Sarri.

The nine managers who have been sacked by Roman Abramovich (Photo Source – The Times)

As per reported by The Times, Chelsea will not be appealing against the verdict made at the Premier League manager’s arbitration tribunal.

Conte was the ninth manager to be sacked by Abramovich in just under sixteen years.

WRITER’S THOUGHTS

Despite all the success, this is what happens when you stick to a short-term mindset with no long-term plan and vision.

It only gets you so far before it comes back to bite you.

Hopefully, they realise this looking forward – long-term plans and projects are A MUST NOW.

Terry Sazio

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