The long-running saga over Conte’s future appears to have been resolved with Chelsea sacking him as manager. AFP / Ben STANSALL
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The question after Antonio Conte's departure from Chelsea Friday was not "where did it all go wrong?" but rather "why did it take so long?"Conte had been expected to go at the end of last season after Chelsea, who won the 2016-17 Premier League title in his stellar first campaign in charge, failed to qualify for the Champions League.Chelsea, who have also been in protracted negotiations with former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri whose appointment is imminent, may have been hoping Conte would find another job before they had to act.Media reports said Conte's departure would take to 85 million pounds the amount Chelsea has spent on paying off sacked managers – almost the record fee Manchester United paid in 2016 for France midfielder Paul Pogba.
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