Antonio Conte has been named Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor as Chelsea manager. The 46-year-old Italian will take up his role as Chelsea’s first-team head coach on a three-year contract after managing Italy in this summer’s European Championships.
Conte said on chelseafc.com: “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 Euro. 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.”
Despite not taking up the job until after Euro 2016, Conte will now have the opportunity to shape Chelsea’s strategy ahead of his first game, at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl against Liverpool in the International Champions Cup on July 27.