Chelsea appoint Antonio Conte as next boss

Italy manager Antonio Conte will take over at Chelsea after the European championship, replacing interim manager Guus Hiddink.

MUNICH, GERMANY (RECENT – MARCH 28, 2016) (REUTERS) – Italian Antonio Conte was on Monday (April 4) officially named as Chelsea’s next head coach with a three-year contract beginning after the European Championship.

Conte, aged 46 and currently the head coach of Italy, will take over from interim manager Guus Hiddink after the June 10-July 10 tournament in France.

The Chelsea website quoted the Italian as saying: ‘I am very excited about the prospect of working at Chelsea Football Club. 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.

‘I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and the day-to-day challenge of competing in the Premier League.

‘Chelsea and English football are watched wherever you go, the fans are passionate and my ambition is to have more success to follow the victories I enjoyed in Italy.’

The announcement came on the same day that Conte was due to go on trial charged with failing to report knowledge of match-fixing when he was in charge of Siena in 2011; he has said he is innocent. The trial is part of a criminal investigation involving more than 100 people.

Chelsea has been led by Hiddink since December, when Jose Mourinho was dismissed because of the club’s disastrous inital defence of its Premer League title.

Under the Dutchman, the Blues have not lost a Premier League match this year, but remain 10th with 44 points from 31 matches and have been knocked out of both the FA Cup and the Champions League.

As manager of Juventus, Conte led the club to three successive domestic league titles.