Antonio Conte has been appointed as manager of Tottenham Hotspur on a 18 month contract until June 2023.
Conte’s arrival comes after Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked following five defeats in Spurs’ last seven league matches, which saw the club fall from top position down to eighth in the standings and ten points adrift of Chelsea.
Speaking on his appointment as manager, 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.
“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.”
Conte also explained why he declined to take up the role this summer, adding: “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.”
Conte’s first match in charge of Spurs will see the club host Vitesse in 2021-22 Europa Conference League on Thursday 4 November (8:00pm).
Tottenham’s Managing Director, Fabio Paratici added: “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.”
Conte isn’t new to the Premier League after previously managing Chelsea between July 2016-18, where he guided the Blues to the 2016-17 Premier League title and 2017-18 FA Cup title in consecutive seasons.
The Italian overall boasts nine titles across separate spells as a club manager in Italy and England, of which his most recent title came last season as he took Inter Milan to the Serie A title and ended Juventus’ reign as nine-time champions.