Former Chelsea captain John Terry led the tributes to Antonio Conte, with the Italian's two year stint at Stamford Bridge coming to an end.
Ex-Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri is expected to succeed his compatriot at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea said in a statement on Friday: "Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company".
"The club decides every player", he moaned last season.
An acrimonious six-month stand-off now looks set to move to the law courts following Conte's dismissal on Thursday by the club's chairman Bruce Buck at their Cobham training ground.
The former Juventus coach won the Premier League title in his first season, but that initial success was soured by an off-the-field power struggle over the club's transfer policy.
In May, Napoli appointed Carlo Ancelotti to replace Sarri amid speculation that the latter could take the Chelsea job.
Sarri's got a buyout clause at Napoli rumoured to be in the region of €8 million while Conte will get a hefty severance package as well so the "switch" won't come cheap for the West Londoners.
Conte still had a year left on a revised deal he signed last summer after delivering the fifth Premier League title since Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003. If Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink's second spells are included, it is the 14th managerial change in only 15 years for Chelsea under the Russian oligarch.
The Chelsea playmaker thanked his boss for his time at the club and wished him the best for the future, as did both Belgian winger Charly Musonda and midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah (now at Watford) on Instagram.
Only the pay was improved, though, with Conte's contract still running for just another two seasons - hardly a show of commitment by either the club or its manager.
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