Former Chelsea coach Antonio Conte is taking ‘legal action’ against
his former employers for delaying his dismissal and denying him the
opportunity of applying for other top management jobs.
This comes after the British club sacked him last Friday, and
replaced him with Maurizio Sarri. Conte was said to be ‘disgusted’
by the club’s conduct at the time.
According to The Times, Conte believes he ‘deserves to be
compensated for loss of future earnings’, as well as the ‘damage
caused by the club’s delay in sacking him’.
He is ‘furious’ that the Blues waited so long to remove him from his
role, and is disappointed ‘at the way he has been treated’ and is
demanding compensation on top of the £9 million salary that he is
entitled to receive for the final year of his contract.
As Matt Hughes writes: ‘Conte’s legal team will argue that Chelsea
have cost their client a year of his career, as all the top
management jobs in Europe have been filled. Real Madrid are
understood to have sounded out Conte after Zinédine Zidane left in
May, while the Italy job was also available earlier in the summer. He
did not pursue either option, though, and will claim he was
committed to Chelsea.’