After the worst kept secret in football lasted several months, Antonio Conte has finally left Chlesea.
With not even a thank you from the club’s website Conte is gone and Maurizio Sarri has been parachuted in.
And he’s brought Man City target Jorginho with him, good deal all round… Except for poor Antonio.
It had been pretty obvious Conte was on his way out for a long time.
He hated London, he hated being at Chelsea and it seemed his players didn’t like him.
But despite all of that, in truth, he has fallen foul of the curse that comes with winning the Premier League title.
And no one is safe.
Every Premier League winning manager since 2011-12 has left their post within a year of winning (English) football’s biggest prize.
This is not good news for Pep Guardiola and the dynasty he might be building at Man City.
In May 2017 everything was going swimmingly in Conte’s world.
He had just won the Premier League in his first season in England, he had repaired the carnage left by Jose Mourinho (more on him later), everyone was praising his 3-5-2 formation and his tactics were the fashion trend.
Fast forward just over a year and Conte is out on his backside while Sarri makes himself comfortable in his chair.
Conte being dumped after winning the Premier League follows a very familiar pattern.
So let’s start all the way back with Roberto Mancini who can thank Sergio Aguero for Man City’s title win in 2011-12.
Then he took them to the FA Cup final to meet the mighty Wigan – they lost, Mancini was gone.
Even Alex Ferguson couldn’t escape the curse.
He bowed of football as a great after winning another league title in 2012-13 and then retiring.
Then it was Manuel Pellegrini’s turn after he guided City to the title and FA Cup double in 2013-14.
He survived for another year before the club announced they had to make room for Guardiola early in 2016.
Jose Mourinho came in and out of Chelsea with a bang in the way only he knows how.
One season of sheer glory, followed by an immediate meltdown, breakdown of relationship with the players and out of a job by the following December.
With Mourinho out of the picture and Chelsea crashing, Claudio Ranieri masterminded one of the greatest Premier League wins in history with Leicester.
But even that wasn’t enough to keep him in the job for the next year.
He was unceremoniously sacked for not being able to repeat the trick… with Leicester… with Wes Morgan. Harsh.
And now we go full circle to Conte.
Win the title one year, win the FA Cup the next and then get the sack as soon as a potentially better replacement becomes available.
Football is a cruel world.