Exclusive: This is the truth behind claims that Chelsea were about to sack Antonio Conte

The Irish bookies responded by slashing the odds from 33/1 to 6/1 on Conte going in the space of a few hours.

Paddy Power, along with fellow bookies Betway and Sun Bets, then temporarily suspended betting on Conte’s sacking sending speculation into overdrive.

But Chelsea are understood to have had no intention of sacking the Italian manager, who only took over from interim boss Guus Hiddink in July.

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