Antonio Conte confirmed as new Tottenham boss after agreeing blockbuster £15m contract

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Tottenham have confirmed the appointment of former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte as head coach. Spurs moved quickly to agree a reported blockbuster £15million-per-year contract with the Italian after sacking Nuno Espirito Santo on Monday. 

The north Londoners actually attempted to appoint Conte in the summer. 

Chairman Daniel Levy sacked Jose Mourinho in April and former midfielder Ryan Mason stepped in to oversee the first team for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.  

A chaotic recruitment process saw Spurs go close to appointing three different coaches on separate occasions, including Conte.  

Talks are believed to have broken down with the two parties failing to agree terms. Conte wanted assurances over spending and Kane’s future, with the striker widely understood to want out.  

Spurs went on to speak to Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso before eventually landing Nuno.  

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But the Portuguese oversaw several disappointing results. There were Premier League defeats against Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Arsenal and West Ham because his fate was sealed by the dismal 3-0 defeat by Manchester United last weekend.  

Spurs failed to have a shot on target in the latter reverse at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium despite having Harry Kane and Son Heung-min on the pitch.  

It is hoped that Conte will get the best out of Kane, who has scored just one Premier League goal this term, and Son.  

The 52-year-old faces a big job turning the club’s form around in the immediate future. 

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Spurs are eighth in the top-flight having already lost five matches.

It seems ages ago that Nuno oversaw a fantastic opening three matches as his side topped the table prior to the September international break.  

Conte also finds Spurs desperately battling to progress from their Europa Conference League ground.  

The Londoners were one of the favourites to win the tournament at the start of the season but an embarrassing defeat versus Vitesse has damaged those ambitions. 

Conte has previously had success in English football. He guided Chelsea to their latest Premier League title in 2017 and won the FA Cup a year later before his harsh sacking.  

Last season, he helped Inter Milan win their first Serie A title since 2010 but quit on his own accord during the summer. 
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