Tottenham Hotspur quickly found what they were looking for a replacement for coach Nuno Espirito Santo. Just one day after the Portuguese were kicked out, the Premier League’s ninth player presented Antonio Conte as his successor on Tuesday. The 52-year-old Italian led Inter Milan to the Serie A title last season and Chelsea to championship honors in England in 2017.
Conte was already the first candidate for the coaching job at Spurs in the summer, but canceled after advanced negotiations. The reasons were not disclosed. The Italian led Inter Milan 2019/20 in Serie A, initially one point behind Juventus Turin, to the runner-up and to the title last season. According to the club, they surprisingly agreed to terminate the contract by mutual consent.
The 52-year-old was a Chelsea coach from 2016 to 2018. With the “Blues”, the former midfielder became English champion in 2017 and also won the FA Cup in 2018. Shortly after the cup success, however, Conte was sacked because Chelsea had missed the Champions League qualification. Before that, Conte had won the Italian championship three times and the cup title twice in three years as coach of Juventus Turin. From 2014 to 2016 he was the coach of the Italian national team.
“Passion, mentality and determination”
“I am very happy to be able to work as a trainer again. After that at a Premier League club that has the ambition to play at the front again ”, Conte is quoted on the club’s website. “Tottenham Hotspur has a state-of-the-art environment and one of the best stadiums in the world. I can’t wait to get started and convey to the team and the fans the passion, mentality and determination that have always distinguished me as a player and as a coach. “
Tottenham had only separated from the hapless coach Espirito Santo on Monday after only ten game days and thus drew the consequences of the weak start to the season. With 15 points and ten points behind leaders Chelsea, Spurs are only ninth in the table. On Saturday there was a 3-0 defeat against the also ailing record champions Manchester United.
Espirito Santo – previously a successful coach at Wolverhampton Wanderers – only took over as coach at the Spurs at the beginning of the season. The next coach had failed to build on the successful, albeit untitled, time under Mauricio Pochettino. Last season, star coach Jose Mourinho had to leave the club around striker Harry Kane prematurely.
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