The new coach of Tottenham Hotspur, Antonio Conte plans to infuse the passion and mentality that made him a serial winner to the club.
He was without a job for over four months after he decided to leave Inter Milan three weeks after he helped them to win Italian Serie A title last season.
Before he joined Inter Milan, he was at Chelsea and helped them to win one Premier League title and one FA Cup within three years.
Unlike his previous clubs, Tottenham Hotspur are yet to win a major title for decades, and the club’s chairman, Daniel Levy has been searching for a means to break such a jinx.
His desire for the club to win a major title has forced him to change three coaches in 2021 alone, including legendary coach Jose Mourinho who used to be a serial winner until he joined Tottenham Hotspur.
But the case with Antonio Conte at Spurs is expected to be different due to his antecedent of taking clubs from outside the top three to the top of the league table. He has done that at Juventus, Chelsea, and Inter Milan.
He would attempt to do that at Tottenham Hotspur that are currently sitting on the 9th spot with 15 points in 10 games, 10 points away from first-placed Chelsea.
In a statement after he was appointed Tottenham coach, Antonio Conte said: “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.
“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.”
Antonio's message to the fans… pic.twitter.com/tX6FKwLk9J— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 2, 2021
Tottenham Hotspur have given Antonio Conte an 18-month deal and he is expected to make a difference within that time frame. His major task is to return Tottenham to the top four and subsequently make them title contenders in other competitions this season.
If he can achieve those conditions, his contract could be extended by a year and further establish himself as one of the best tacticians in the world.
Fortunately, the Italian coach would work alongside Spurs managing director of football Fabio Paratici who he worked under in a similar circumstance at Juventus over 10 years ago.
Paratici said: “We are delighted to welcome Antonio to the club. His track record speaks for itself, with vast experience and trophies in both Italy and England.
“I know first-hand the qualities Antonio can bring to us, having worked with him at Juventus, and look forward to seeing his work with our talented group of players.”
The first assignment Antonio Conte has is to welcome Vitesse to Tottenham Hotspur stadium for a European Conference League match. The game will kick off at 21:00 on Thursday, November 4, 2021.