New Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has expressed his delight to return to coaching, having been without a job for some months.
The Italian tactician left Inter Milan last summer after guiding the Black and Blues to clinch the Serie A title for the first time in a decade, finishing ahead of star-studded Juventus. The 52-year-old manager left Inter as the club struggled with financial problems.
Conte had initially turned down a chance to head the coaching crew of the Lilywhites before taking up the appointment on November 2, signing a contract that will see him remain with the club until 2023 with an option of an extension. The position of the head coach at Tottenham became vacant after Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked by the club following a run of unimpressive results.
Tottenham Manager Antonio Conte Happy With Coaching Return
The Italian manager had previously managed Chelsea and played a key role as they won the Premier League and the FA Cup titles among others. He has revealed his delight to return to the Premier League.
In a statement on Tottenham website, Conte said;
“I’m 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.”
Antonio Conte Reveals Why He Initially Turned Down Tottenham
Tottenham handed Conte a chance to join the club immediately after the manager left Inter Milan in the summer and has explained his reasons for not taking up the opportunity at the time.
“Last summer our union didn’t 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,” he added.
“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.”
Conte had managed several clubs in the past, including Atalanta, Arezzo, Siena and the Italian national team.
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