4th of April 2016 Author: Johnny Karp
It's official, Italy head coach Antonio Conte will become the new Chelsea boss this summer. The 46-year-old coach will lead Italy at Euro 2016 and once the tournament is over he will take charge at Chelsea on a three-year deal. Guus Hiddink, who replaced Jose Mourinho in December, will remain at the club until the end of the current season.
"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," Conte said. The former Juventus midfielder won the Serie A title with the Bianconeri three years in a row, before moving on to coach the Italian national team. He will become the fifth Italian manager at Chelsea after Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto di Matteo.
"We are very pleased to have recruited one of the most highly regarded managers in world football," club director Marina Granovskaia said. "We are equally pleased to do so before the end of the current season. This aids our future planning." Conte has an impressive 72.8% win ratio as manager of Juventus, with 83 wins and just 7 losses out of 114 league matches. He set new Serie A records in the 2013-2014 season with Juventus, amassing 102 points and winning 33 matches out of 38.
Chelsea are 5/1 at Bet365 to win the Premier League title next season.
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I think it's a right move from Chelsea management, Antonio Conte is a class manager and I have huge respect trough him. Can't be sure but I have a feeling they would be back in the title hunt next season, of course the transfers selection during summer will be also important but would not be tough for them to have a better season than the recent one.
Chelsea is now in good shape. Maybe Hiddink should be given a chance to lead the club next season. However, Conte definitely looks like a good choice, a man holds an amazing record and could be the one to take Chelsea to the title, with some good reinforcement,of course. But it will be difficult to bring some quality players because Chelsea wont play in Europe next year.
Although I think Conte is good manager, I doubt that he will bring success back to Stamford Bridge. He had fantastic season in Juventus few years ago, but in Premiership he won't have such a superior side. However, he will certainly have large transfer budget avalible to spend on players he likes and will make Chelsea more competitive than this season surely, at least get them back to CL.
Antonio Conte is very good choice by Chelsea.He is experienced enough ,he had great successes with Juventus. It is important for him to make the Blues stronger then they are at the moment.IT wont be easy,cause there is many rivals on the market,but financial power of Chelsea is great so they are attractive to every player.
I am really glad that Antonio Conte is taking over Chelsea, and not Simeone. Huh, relief, since I'm 100% Gunner. I don't think that Conte has what it takes to beat Guardiola, Venger, Kloop and possibly Jose Mourinho in next season. Yes, he lead Juventus pretty successfully before taking over Italian national team, but was the job really that hard? No results in UCL which makes me happiest, and since I'm reading him wanting to buy 3-4 players from Seria A (Italian players by nature have hard time adjusting to Premier League style of play) can't see Chelsea being top contender next season. I might be wrong, but we will see this fall.
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