Inter Milan have appointed Antonio Conte as their new manager. Conte’s appointment comes less than 24 hours following the sacking of his predecessor Luciano Spalletti.
One of the best Italian footballers of his time, Conte also established himself as a world-class manager through his stints. Conte’s managerial career began in 2006, just two years following his retirement. He had short spells at Arezzo, Bari, Atalanta and Siena before joining Juventus in 2011. Conte was at Juventus from 2011-2014 and in all his seasons, he guided Juventus to the Scudetto and two Coppa Italia titles. Conte played a major role in making Juventus Champions League contenders.
Conte left Juventus in 2014 to manage Italy. He was Italy’s manager from 2014 till Euro 2016 where Italy beat reigning Champions Spain to reach the quarter-finals where they lost to Germany on penalties.
After Italy, Conte joined Chelsea in 2016 and guided them to the Premier League title in his first season. In the 2017-18 season, Chelsea won the FA Cup under Conte but failed to seal a top four finish in the Premier League which meant that they will not play the Champions League in the 2018/19 season. Hence, Conte was sacked.
However, it only took less than a year for Conte to find another job and this is managing one of Italy’s biggest clubs. Following his appointment, Conte said, “A new chapter in my life is beginning, I’m really excited. Through my work, I’ll try to repay all of the trust that the President and directors have placed in me. I have chosen Inter because of the Club it is, because of the project’s sound basis and how ambitious it is. Because of Inter’s history. I was struck by the Club’s transparency and the desire to bring Inter back to where it belongs.”
Inter’s President Steven Zhang said, “I’m sure that Antonio Conte is one of the best coaches out there. I’m certain that he’ll help us achieve our objective and fulfil our mission, one which has always remained the same: to make this club one of the best in the world again.”
At Inter, Conte will be reunited with the club’s CEO Giuseppe Marotta who was the technical director of Juventus during Conte’s managerial stint there.