Napoli appoint Antonio Conte as new manager

Antonio Conte is the new head coach of Napoli.

The former Juventus, Chelsea, Inter and Tottenham Hotspur manager has agreed a three-year contract with the Serie A outfit.

The 54-year-old will join Napoli this summer, taking over from Francesco Calzona, who became temporary head coach for the remainder of the season following the sacking of Walter Mazzarri in February.

Mazzarri had only been appointed in November to replace Rudi Garcia, but the coaching changes were unable to change the fortunes of the 2022-23 Serie A champions, who endured a hugely disappointing title defence.

Napoli finished tenth in Serie A and 41 points behind Inter, who won this season’s title.

In 2023, Napoli won their first league title in 33 years but head coach Luciano Spalletti — now head coach of the Italy national team — parted ways with the club that summer, with Conte the fourth head coach since.

Conte puts pen to paper beside club president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

“I can certainly promise one thing: I will do my utmost for the growth of the team and the club,” Conte said following the announcement.

“My commitment, along with that of my staff, will be total.”

Conte has been without a job since leaving Tottenham in explosive fashion in March 2023. He effectively made his position untenable, branding his players “selfish” in an astonishing rant following a 3-3 draw with Southampton.

Before his venture in north London, Conte had won league titles with Juventus, Chelsea and Inter.

Conte won the Supercoppa Italia twice with Juventus in 2012 and 2013, as well as an FA Cup with Chelsea in 2017-18.

He also had a spell in charge of the Italian national team between 2014 and 2016.

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