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Antonio Conte confirmed as new Tottenham Hotspur boss

Antonio Conte has been confirmed as Tottenham Hotspur's new manager. The Italian has been given a...

Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

12:09 2 Nov 2021



Antonio Conte confirmed as new...
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Antonio Conte confirmed as new Tottenham Hotspur boss

Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

12:09 2 Nov 2021

Antonio Conte has been confirmed as Tottenham Hotspur's new manager.

The Italian has been given an 18-month contract at the North London club with an option to extend.

Spurs sacked Nuno Espírito Santo on Monday morning.

The Portugal native was only in the job for four months, having been appointed at the end of June.

His final game in charge was their 3-0 home loss to Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday.

That was their fifth loss in seven league games and they are now ninth in the table as Conte prepares to get to work.

Spurs attempted to lure Conte to the club in the summer following José Mourinho's departure.

Talks however broke down and Nuno was eventually appointed.

This will be Conte's second stint in the Premier League and indeed in London.

He managed Chelsea for two seasons between 2016 and 2018.

In his first season in charge, Chelsea won the Premier League with two games to spare.

They also set a new Premier League record that season for the most wins in a single campaign, with 30 league victories out of 38 league matches.

The following year Conte led them to a 1–0 victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup Final.

However, the Pensioners finished fifth in the league that season and missed out on Champions League qualification, leading to Conte being sacked.

Since then, Conte spent two seasons with Serie A club Inter Milan.

In May of this year, Conte was in charge at Internazionale as they won the Italian top flight for the first time in 11 years, ending Juventus' run of nine consecutive titles.

Despite this, he left the club just a few weeks later by mutual consent and had been out of work until Tuesday's appointment.

Conte has told the Tottenham website:

“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.

“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.”

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