Italian’s axing was made official this morning and the Blues stars appeared a little down for their training
CHELSEA players look sombre after Antonio Conte’s sacking as smiling club hero Eddie Newton takes charge of training at Cobham.
The Italian’s exit was confirmed this morning, with the club failing to thank him for his Premier League triumph.
But the players turned up as normal for a session with Blues icon Newton – one of ex-manager Roberto Di Matteo’s assistants – overlooking the session.
Newton, 46, made 165 appearances over nine years for Chelsea, winning the FA Cup in 1997.
He returned to the Stamford Bridge side in 2012 and was given the position of looking after the club’s many loan players when Di Matteo was sacked after winning the Champions League.
Newton returned to the assistant role in 2015-16 when Guus Hiddink took charge.
It is thought that most of the fitness and sports science staff will help Newton while the club wait to confirm Maurizio Sarri as their new manager.
Carlo Cudicini is the lone confirmed survivor from Conte’s spell – he drove Conte out of the club yesterday – and was seen alongside Newton.
One man who looked slightly happier was David Luiz.
The Brazilian fell out with Conte after criticising the side’s tactics following a 3-0 defeat to Roma last year.
Luiz was snapped laughing and offering a hand to Marcos Alonso as he got up off the floor.
Cesc Fabregas also appeared eager to get back into the swing of things after working as a pundit for the BBC during the World Cup.
Conte was given his marching orders yesterday by chairman Bruce Buck after spending two years in charge of the Blues.
He pocketed a £9million payoff and the Chelsea players were given the afternoon off from training.