Just one day after the shock sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo four months into his tenure, Tottenham Hotspur have announced that Antonio Conte has joined the club as Head Coach.
Posting a statement on the official club site, Spurs confirmed that former Chelsea manager Conte joins on a contract running until at least the end of the 2022/23 season.
“We are delighted to announce the appointment of Antonio Conte as our Head Coach on a contract until the summer of 2023, with an option to extend.”
Conte was most recently at Inter Milan, and has won titles in Serie A, including a hat-trick of Scudettos with Juventus, and the Premier League with Spurs’ North London rivals Chelsea. The 52-year-old has also managed his national team, Italy, leading the Azzurri to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.
The Italian spoke in his first interview as Spurs new head coach, to the official club site, of his “extreme happiness” to be back in England and with a club who are “ambitious” to be a “protagonist” again before praising the club’s facilities.
“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.”
✍️ We are delighted to announce the appointment of Antonio Conte as our Head Coach on a contract until the summer of 2023, with an option to extend.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 2, 2021
Conte also opened up about the fact that he had been offered the job previously, but that he felt too “emotionally involved” with his recent role at the helm of Serie A giants Inter Milan.
“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.”
Just this past weekend, Spurs’ own fans booed the substitution of Lucas Moura for Steven Bergwijn in what ended up being a pretty dominant 3-0 win for Manchester United just one week after the Red Devils had been obliterated by Liverpool. That loss left Spurs in 9th place in the Premier League with five wins and five losses from ten games.
Antonio Conte’s first match in charge at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be against Vitesse on Thursday in the Europa Conference League, before taking the team to Everton, who sit one place below Spurs in the Premier League, on Sunday.