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Maurizio Sarri becomes sixth Italian manager at Chelsea

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Claudio Ranieri, Gianluca Vialli, Carlo Ancelotti, Roberto Di Matteo and Antonio Conte have all been in the Stamford Bridge hotseat.

Maurizio Sarri became the new manager at Chelsea on Saturday morning following Antonio Conte’s departure.

Sarri, 59, became Chelsea’s sixth Italian manager after Conte, who left following two seasons in charge of the Blues.

Here, Press Association Sport looks back at the Italians who have taken charge at Stamford Bridge and how they fared.

Gianluca Vialli (1998-2000)

Gianluca Vialli celebrating Chelsea's FA Cup victory against Aston Villa
Gianluca Vialli celebrating Chelsea’s FA Cup win against Aston Villa (Rebecca Naden/PA)

Claudio Ranieri (2000-2004)

Claudio Ranieri pictured last season with Roman Abramovich

Claudio Ranieri, pictured last season with Roman Abramovich (Nick Potts/PA)

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Ranieri earned the nickname “Tinkerman” during his tenure at Chelsea after he was accused over over-rotating his squad. Chelsea finished sixth during his first season, and then sixth the following year. The Blues also reached the FA Cup final, but lost 2-0 to Arsenal. Chelsea then qualified for the Champions League in Ranieri’s third year before Roman Abramovich took over the club. Ranieri spent £120million signing Damien Duff, Wayne Bridge, Glen Johnson, Juan Sebastian Veron, Hernan Crespo, Claude Makelele and Adrian Mutu. Chelsea finished runners-up to Arsenal, their best finish in half-a-century, and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League before Ranieri was replaced by Jose Mourinho.

Carlo Ancelotti (2009-2011)

Carlo Ancelotti was sacked after only two seasons at Chelsea
Carlo Ancelotti was sacked after only two seasons at Chelsea (Nick Potts/PA)

Roberto Di Matteo (March 2012 – November 2012)

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Roberto Di Matteo won the Champions League and FA Cup while in charge of the Blues
Roberto Di Matteo won the European Cup and FA Cup while in charge (Nick Potts/PA)

Antonio Conte (2017-2018)

Antonio Conte has been given his marching orders by Chelsea
Antonio Conte has been given his marching orders by Chelsea (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

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