Chelsea Football Club have announced the appointment of Antonio Conte as their new head coach, ending weeks of speculation.
The Italian will take charge immediately after the Euro 2016 tournament when caretaker manager Guus Hiddink leaves the club. Conte who signed a three year contract today said, ‘I am very excited about the prospect of working at Chelsea Football Club. I am proud to be the coach of the national team of my country and only a role as attractive as manager of Chelsea could follow that.
‘I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and the day-to-day challenge of competing in the Premier League.
‘Chelsea and English football are watched wherever you go, the fans are passionate and my ambition is to have more success to follow the victories I enjoyed in Italy.
‘I am happy we have made the announcement now so everything is clear and we can end the speculation. I will continue to focus on my job with the Italian national team and will reserve speaking about Chelsea again until after the Euros.’
Antonio Conte achieved significant success with Juventus and also coached the Italian national team and Chelsea chairman, Bruce Buck stated, ‘Antonio Conte has a record of consistent success in his career as a manager and as a player. We look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge and are confident he will find all he needs to maintain that high standard of achievement.’