Chelsea Football Club has officially appointed Antonio Conte as the permanent coaching successor to Jose Mourinho, turning to the Italian tactician to re-deliver success at Stamford Bridge.
The long-awaited announcement comes with the Blues currently sitting tenth in the Premier League in a disastrous defence of last season’s title.
Conte will begin his reign in West London following the conclusion of the 2016 European Championships in France as the current coach of the Italian national squad.
The former Juventus manager is widely respected in his homeland, having led the Bianconeri to three successive titles with a 68% winning record, prior to accepting his post with the Azzurri.
Known for his intense management style, the 46-year-old is expected to bring in squad re-enforcements ahead of the new season and the Serie A provides an obvious market for him to begin.
Conte has already been linked to possible reunions with both Leonardo Bonucci and Paul Pogba, two of his former pupils in Turin, while Roma’s Miralem Pjanic is also believed to be a target.
Despite a highly acclaimed managerial record, the Italian will now be expected to produce similar results in the Premier League as Chelsea look to bounce back from their horror season.