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Antonio Conte appointed as Napoli’s new head coach

De Laurentiis described Conte as a “high-level coach and a leader who is going to allow us to rebuild at the conclusion of a cycle”.

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Antonio Conte appointed as Napoli’s new head coach

Napoli recently announced the appointment of former Chelsea and Tottenham coach, Antonio Conte, as their new head coach in efforts to rejuvenate the team after a disappointing league performance last season.

“Welcome Antonio,” expressed the club’s president and owner, Aurelio De Laurentiis, on social media, sharing a photo of Conte sealing the deal with his signature.

Having previously coached renowned clubs such as Juventus and Inter Milan, Conte has committed to a three-year contract with Napoli, reportedly valued at eight million euros ($8.7 million) per season.

“I can promise you one thing. I will do my utmost to grow this team and this club,” Conte said.

De Laurentiis described Conte as a “high-level coach and a leader who is going to allow us to rebuild at the conclusion of a cycle”.

Conte is the fifth Napoli coach of the last year in a chaotic period for the club which in the 2022-2023 season won their first Serie A title since 1990, when Diego Maradona was still strutting his stuff.

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But the coach who won the title, Luciano Spalletti, left last summer and southern Italy’s biggest club went through three managers on their way to a dismal 10th-place finish this season.

Napoli ended the season 41 points behind new champions Inter as Rudi Garcia, Walter Mazzarri and Francesco Calzona, who joined on a short-term contract, all failed to live up to Spalletti’s historic title win.

Spalletti is now in charge of the Italian national team.
Conte has been charged with taking Napoli back up the table, and has a pedigree which will give fans hope of a quick turnaround in fortunes.
The 54-year-old has won four Serie A titles, three with Juve and one with Inter in 2021, and was also a Premier League winner with Chelsea in 2017.

Conte will almost certainly have to do without star striker Victor Osimhen, who is a target for some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

However Napoli’s other key forward Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is under contract until 2027 and Conte has reportedly demanded that the Georgia winger not be sold despite reported interest from Paris Saint-Germain.

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