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Antonio Conte has been appointed as Spurs' new manager, the club have confirmed.
On Monday morning, after the 3-0 defeat to Manchester United left them in ninth place, Spurs parted company with Nuno Espirito Santo just four months after hiring him.
And Chairman Daniel Levy and managing director of football Fabio Paratici have moved quickly to replace the Portuguese boss, signing Conte to an 18-month contract.
The Italian was believed to have been Spurs' number one managerial target in the summer when they looked for a Jose Mourinho replacement.
He couldn't be convinced then but now the former Inter, Chelsea and Juventus manager has put pen to paper and will manage in the Premier League for the second time.
✍️ 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.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 2, 2021
Conte and his coaching staff are awaiting work permits but his first game in charge could be the Europa Conference League game against Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday, before a trip to Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.
The 52-year-old, who is expected to earn £15 million per season as one of the highest-paid managers in the league, has won four Serie A titles, one Premier League and one FA Cup.
“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,” Conte told Tottenham's website.
“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.
Buongiorno Antonio... pic.twitter.com/26wgcdcYED— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 2, 2021
“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 will be under contract with Spurs until 2023, with an option to extend for a further year.
“We are delighted to welcome Antonio to the Club,” Paratici said.
“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.”