LONDON (REUTERS, AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur have appointed Antonio Conte as their new manager until the summer of 2023, the Premier League club said on Tuesday (Nov 2), a day after sacking Nuno Espirito Santo.
Former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss Conte replaces Nuno, who was sacked after 17 matches in charge, with last weekend’s 3-0 home defeat by Manchester United in the league his final game with Spurs.
Conte had been out of work since terminating his contract at Inter Milan in May, shortly after he led them to their first Serie A title in 11 years last season.
“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 (in the title race) again,” Conte said in a statement.
“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.”
Spurs, meanwhile, said: “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.
“Antonio has won titles in Serie A, including a hat-trick of Scudettos with Juventus, the Premier League and also managed Italy, leading the Azzurri to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.”
Tottenham had topped the Premier League standings in August under Nuno after winning their opening three games but are now ninth, 10 points behind leaders Chelsea after 10 matches.
Conte’s first game in charge will be Thursday’s Europa Conference League match at home to Vitesse Arnhem.