Former Chelsea coach Antonio Conte is planning to sue Chelsea for his delayed sacking from the club. It took Chelsea 55 days after Conte’s last game for Chelsea which was the FA Cup win against Manchester United to show him the exit door.
Regardless of Conte’s potential receipt of his £9m compensation for the final year of his contract, the Italian insists that the delay in sacking him has stopped him from landing a new job this season, and report from the Times suggests that Conte is ready to launch a legal battle against his former club to make up for loss of potential earnings.
The manager has apparently been resigned to exiting the club since January after a deterioration in the relationship with the club owner over the Blues’ transfer policy.
After his sacking, he released a statement through the League Managers’ Association in which he thanked his friends at the club. However, the fact that he didn’t mention the club owner in the statement is a pointer that the issue is far from resolved.
The report suggests that Conte’s legal team will argue that the club have caused him a year of his career as all top available jobs ranging from Real Madrid, PSG, Arsenal and the Italy national team have been occupied.
The club also threatened to withhold the payment of Conte’s supposed compensation fee for his alleged irregular conduct and constant criticism of the club in his second season at Stamford Bridge.