Antonio Conte is set to take charge of Chelsea this summer, and we're all looking forward to that. After the disappointment of the early season title defense and then treading water under interim management, the promise of a proper head coach is something to get excited about.
But Conte will not be taking up his Chelsea position until after the European Championships, and until then, he will be concentrating on that task and on that task alone.
"Those who know me well are very well aware that I handle one thing at a time, I try to face them in the best possible way. The Euro is the end of a two-year journey."
"I want to face this tournament in the best way possible, while knowing the difficulties that we didn't expect to have. I always talk about work - we need to work with our head down and give all we have to do something beautiful."
-Antonio Conte; source: FourFourTwo
While Conte had visited Chelsea upon his announcement as the new boss, and met with several players and the people in charge, the implication seems to be that he will not be making any major decisions until he's actually here and finished with the Italian job.
Chelsea of course cannot and should not sit still. Contract decisions are already being made — most recently and significantly in John Terry's case — and while Conte's probably being consulted, the ultimate decision lies with the Chelsea Board. Then again, as is common nowadays in modern football, Conte's role was identified very specifically as "First Team Head Coach", so even once he turns his attentions to the Chelsea job, he will not be in charge of transfers.