Former Chelsea and Juventus manager Antonio Conte has been appointed as the new head coach and manager of Tottenham Hotspur.
He has replaced Nuno Espirito Santo, who was sacked yesterday following a 3-0 loss at home to Manchester United which left Spurs eighth in the Premier League.
Conte, who has signed a deal until June 2023, expressed his delight at being back in the Premier League.
He said: “I am extremely happy to return to coaching, and to do so at a Premier League club that has the ambition to be the protagonist again.
“I can’t wait to start working to convey to the team and the fans the passion, mentality and determination that always distinguished me, as a player and as a coach.”
Spurs managing director of football Fabio Paratici worked with Conte at Juventus. He said: “I know the first-hand qualities Antonio can bring to us…and look forward to seeing his work with our talented group of players.”
Spurs fan, Marcus Foux, 21, said he was pleased with Conte’s appointment, but is still wary about the direction of the club.
He said: “He is everything Spurs need but he still may not be able to save us from more barren trophy-less years.”
Conte’s first game in charge will be at home against Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League on Thursday, followed by a visit to Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.
He won the Premier League with Spurs’ rivals Chelsea during the 2016/17 season, as well as the FA cup during the following season. Despite this, he was sacked for finishing fifth in the league.
His record of 51 wins in 76 games gives him the second-highest win rate of coaches who have managed a minimum of 50 Premier League games, second only to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
The 52-year-old left Inter Milan by mutual consent in May following a dispute over transfers.