Tottenham Hotspur have appointed Antonio Conte as their new head coach following the sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo.
The 52-year-old Italian has signed an 18-month contract with an option to extend at the North London club following successful talks with the club’s hierarchy in London on Monday.
The former Chelsea boss has taken up his first managerial post since leaving Inter Milan, with whom he won last season’s Serie A title.
Speaking to Tottenham’s website, 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.
“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.
“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.”
Naija News reports that Spurs attempted to sign Conte before appointing Nuno in the summer. Nuno was relieved of his duties on Monday after less than five months at the club, with Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester United his final game in charge.
This article was originally published on Naija News