Tottenham Hotspur appoint Antonio Conte as their new manager

Antonio Conte File Photos File photo dated 20-08-2017 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Antonio Conte File Photos File photo dated 20-08-2017 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

The Italian manager has agreed to a deal until 2023 with an option for another year.

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the appointment of Antonio Conte as their new head coach.

As the Guardian reports, the Italian gaffer, who left Inter Milan in the summer, has agreed to a contract with the North Londoners until 2023 with an option to extend for another year.

Spurs identified Conte as their no. 1 target after sacking Nuno Santo in the wake of the 3-0 home defeat to Manchester United last weekend.

Tottenham’s sporting director Fabio Paratici played a huge role in Conte’s transfer, with the duo previously working at Juventus between 2011 and 2014.

Conte had previously enjoyed an impressive three-year spell at Chelsea, leading them to the Premier League title in 2017.

The Italian gaffer expressed his happiness on returning to the management while praising Spurs’ stadium.

Conte said: “I am extremely happy to return to coaching, and to do so at a Premier League club that has the ambition to be a protagonist again. Tottenham Hotspur has state-of-the-art facilities and one of the best stadiums in the world.

“I can’t wait to start working to convey to the team and the fans the passion, mentality and determination that have always distinguished me, as a player and as a coach.”

The 52-year-old also opened up on his failed transfer to Tottenham in the summer. Conte was said to be the leading candidate to take over at Spurs as a replacement for Jose Mourinho. However, negotiations broke down in the end.

Conte added: “Last summer our union did not happen because the end of my relationship with Inter was still too recent and emotionally too involved with the end of the season, so I felt that it wasn’t yet the right time to return to coaching. But the contagious enthusiasm and determination of Daniel Levy in wanting to entrust me with this task had already hit the mark. Now that the opportunity has returned, I have chosen to take it with great conviction.”

The former Azzurri manager led Inter to Serie A title last season, thus breaking the monopoly of Juventus. However, he stepped down as their head coach soon due to the club’s financial difficulties.

Spurs have made a disappointing start to this season, securing 5 wins and 5 defeats in 10 league games. Conte is expected to get them back on track.