"Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company", Chelsea said on their website.
Chelsea have sacked manager Antonio Conte after two years in charge.
The club's 64-word announcement was eventually made on Friday (Saturday NZT), ending with: "We wish Antonio every success in his future career".
That success was helped by prolific striker Diego Costa, who scored 20 goals and provided eight assists.
Two trophies in two seasons but the writing was on the wall.
Chelsea FC will be looking to at least break back into the top four next season after their disappointing campaign last term.
The off-field controversies bled onto the pitch and the west Londoners flattered to deceive.
That is not Chelsea's usual protocol and it is also believed lawyers are still haggling over how much to pay the former Juventus and Italy manager.
The main reason for the prolonged saga has been compensation.
Courtois' current contract at Stamford Bridge is due to expire at the end of next season and that has prompted talk of a move to Real Madrid this summer. They claim that the deal is now complete, with Gianfranco Zola set to be appointed his assistant. Each of these three players, among others, thrived under the tutelage of Sarri and that will be fascinating for Chelsea fans heading into the new ere.
They reportedly include Brazil-born Italy worldwide midfielder Jorginho from Napoli, CSKA Moscow´s Russian playmaker Aleksandr Golovin and Italian defender Daniele Rugani from Juventus, the side that edged Napoli in the Serie A title race.