- Neil Barnett has been sacked as pitch announcer of Chelsea
- Barnett has also been involved in the club's TV channel
- Antonio Conte was also axed barely as manager less than a week
Chelsea Football Club have axed their pitch announcer Neil Barnett after 32 years of service with hardly a word of explanation.
Barnett has been a notable figure at Stamford Bridge for years, working on matchdays entertaining fans and also in roles with the club's in-house TV channel.
However Barnett has been told he is no longer wanted on matchdays any longer - and been completely cold-shouldered by Chelsea TV station when trying to discover if he still an employee.
The news has been greeted with dismay by faithfuls who are upset over the way Barnett has been treated after 32 years in service to the west London club.
And Barnett has labelled his treatment an 'insult' in public criticism over the way it has been handled.
The move comes days after the club sacked Antonio Conte thanking him for delivering a Premier League and FA Cup success in his two years as manager.
Barnett took to his social media handle to inform supporters about the decision, revealing he has not been officially told he is out from his role with Chelsea TV.
He wrote: "After being courteously informed yesterday I will not be hosting match days on the pitch this season, & following an insulting silence from Chelsea TV, it seems my 32 years working relationship with @ChelseaFC is over.
"It's been a blast. Being in with the fans still is!
But he has immediately gained support from fans, many of whom have grown up with his presence as part of the matchday experience at home games.
Fan @GULLITFANFC wrote: "Sorry to hear this Neil Chelsea treats its employees terribly no class 32 years of loyal service always enjoyed your input on Chelsea tv and to the match programme down the years."
@billbrown1996 added: "Many fans will be outraged including myself! The board seem to be a doing a number on us fans this season."
And @npharrison said: "Oh FFS!!! Haven't this club got a clue any more?
"The disconnect between the fans and the money is appalling."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported Chelsea sacked Antonio Conte after two years in charge at Stamford.
The Italian coach won a Premier League and the FA Cup in each of the two season his spent at the London club.
Who is the better coach, Mourinho or Conte? - on NAIJ.com TV