Antonio Conte is back in the Premier League, though perhaps in a capacity no one really expected him to ever be — as the new mid-season appointee manager of Tottenham Hotspur, who sacked Nuno Espírito Santo just yesterday after just four months in charge.
Conte, rejected Spurs in the summer, but has now been convinced to sign on for a little over 18 months, through 2023. He arrives a third of the way through the season, with an international break to help him instill his system into the reeling squad.
✍️ We are delighted to announce the appointment of Antonio Conte as our Head Coach on a contract until the summer of 2023, with an option to extend.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 2, 2021
Conte does love a rescue project, but this one might be his biggest challenge yet as he will have to change not only the team’s tactics and mentality, but the club’s culture, if he is to repeat his trophy-winning tricks from Juventus, Chelsea, and Inter Milan.
“I think the difference between Chelsea and Tottenham is this: If you are at Chelsea and win it’s normal. If are at Tottenham, if you win it’s great, great, but if you lose ... it’s not a disaster, no? Not a disaster.”
-Antonio Conte; April 2017
If anyone can change that, it’s probably Conte, though it’ll be far more amusing if he fails — for however long he’s in charge at New Three Point Lane, he’s now the enemy.
So, welcome back to London, Antonio. May you enjoy it personally and not at all professionally.