Chelsea fires manager Antonio Conte after 2 years in charge

LONDON (AP) — Chelsea has fired manager Antonio Conte after a two-year tenure in which he won the English Premier League and FA Cup.

The London club says, "We wish Antonio every success in his future career."

After winning the Premier League at the end of his first season in charge, Conte failed to get his preferred signings last summer and Chelsea finished only fifth in the league — 30 points behind champion Manchester City — and was eliminated from the last 16 of the Champions League.

The team also missed out on Champions League qualification for next season, though salvaged something from Conte's second year in charge by winning the FA Cup.

The former Italy coach took preseason training this week with the players not featuring at the World Cup.