Tottenham confirm appointment of Antonio Conte as new manager on 18-month contract

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Tottenham confirm appointment of Antonio Conte as new manager on 18-month contract
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Tottenham have completed the appointment of Antonio Conte as head coach on an 18-month contract.

The former Chelsea boss finalised a return to English football on Tuesday morning following talks with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and managing director Fabio Paratici in London on Monday.

Conte is due to meet Tottenham’s players and is hoping to lead training for the first time on Tuesday. He will take charge of his first match at home to Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League on Thursday evening.

His deal is thought to include the option of a further season.

Levy has moved quickly after sacking Nuno Espirito Santo on Monday and hopes the arrival of Conte will give the club a much-needed lift, with Spurs having lost five of their opening 10 games of the Premier League season.

Spurs held talks with Conte over succeeding Jose Mourinho in June but they broke down over the Italian’s concerns over the club’s vision for success and his apparent reluctance to work with the young players in the squad.

Paratici remained determined to hire his compatriot, with whom he formed a successful partnership at Juventus, and convinced Conte at the second time of trying in a huge coup for Spurs.

He has now been given assurances that there will be money available in January and beyond to rebuild the squad in his own image.

The 52-year-old arrives with a reputation as one of the top five coaches in the world and has won five league titles in his seven full seasons as a club manager.

He won the Premier League and the FA Cup in his two seasons at Chelsea before leaving Stamford Bridge in 2018 when his reign in west London turned sour.

Conte has been out of work since he left Inter Milan at the end of last season, having led them to their first Serie A title in more than a decade.

His appointment represents another dramatic change of direction from Tottenham, with senior figures committed to a lengthy rebuild and starting a new cycle when Nuno was in charge.

Conte has a reputation for wanting instant success.

He coached Juventus to three consecutive titles from 2011-14, working closely with Paratici, who was then the club's sporting director.

Conte has been linked with Manchester United but Spurs moved decisively with a second approach for him after sacking Nuno after just four months in charge.

The final straw for Spurs was Saturday's dismal 3-0 defeat to Manchester United, when supporters booed Nuno's decision to replace Lucas Moura with Steven Bergwijn and chanted "you don't know what you're doing" at the beleaguered head coach.

Nuno was dismissed on Monday and within hours Conte flew to London for talks with Levy and Paratici.

Conte has previously had reservations about the prospect of taking over a club in mid-season but has been convinced enough by the club's vision and recruitment strategy to take the job.

As new Spurs manager, he wants to strengthen the squad with new signings in January and Tottenham could make a renewed effort to sign Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

Conte will also be expected to improve talisman Harry Kane, who has scored just once in the League this season, and get the best from a talented squad which underachieved under both Mourinho and Nuno.

Tottenham’s next Premier League match is away to Everton on Sunday. They are ninth in the table, five points outside the top four, and are looking forward to a Carabao Cup quarter-final against West Ham in December.

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