Antonio Conte Names the Man Who ‘Changed His Mind’ About Tottenham Hotspur

Published 11/03/2021, 12:24 AM EDT
Italy’s coach Antonio Conte looks on before the Euro 2016 group H qualifying soccer match against Norway at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, Italy, October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini/Files


Antonio Conte joined Tottenham Hotspur after an embarrassing start to their 2021 season. The club sacked Nuno Espirito Santo just three months into his tenure for the club and now the Italian great will have a go at handling the reigns in North London.

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However, this isn’t the first time Spurs contacted Conte. The club was without a manager before the start of the 2021-22 season and finally appointed Nuno after a long list of managerial candidates didn’t work out; Conte was one of them.

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Antonio Conte was persuaded by Daniel Levy’s enthusiasm.

This time around, Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy, was able to convince Conte to take up the job. In his first interview after Spurs announced his arrival, Conte revealed how Levy changed his mind.

The contagious enthusiasm and determination of Daniel Levy in wanting to entrust me with this task had already hit the mark. Now that the opportunity has returned, I have chosen to take it with great conviction,” Conte said.

Levy would have been desperate to change the fortunes of the club as Spurs were struggling domestically. Bringing Conte in can be a great decision as he can turn the club’s season around.

Conte reveals why he didn’t join Tottenham Hotspur earlier.

Conte explained why it didn’t work out with Spurs in the summer. Conte had recently left Inter Milan, and wanted to take some time away from coaching.

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Last summer our union did not happen because the end of my relationship with Inter was still too recent and emotionally too involved with the end of the season, so I felt that it wasn’t yet the right time to return to coaching,” he revealed.

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It’ll be interesting to see if the Italian will be successful in ending Spurs’ trophy drought. Getting him in is a show of intent from Daniel Levy, and fans of the club will be excited to see how it works out.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a soccer author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for soccer to enhance his journalism. He lists charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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