Early this morning,Antonio Conte was announced as the new manager of Internazionale, taking over from Luciano Spaletti, who was officially dismissed yesterday after spending 2 seasons with the club and qualifying them for next year’s Champions League.
Conte has been out of the coaching business since last year July following a rancorous exit from Chelsea as well as the prolonged and quite unseemly 10-month legal battle that followed over several payments which only ended this month with a Premier League manager’s arbitration tribunal ruling in his[Conte] favour. But now that course is over, with Chelsea having agreed arbitration to pay in full the £9m compensation that was due; after his incomplete season at the Blues, and all involved could move on with their lives with the Italian moving into the Nerazurri.
Conte will certainly have a massive work load at Inter, who are far from the dominant force in Italian football that they once were some decades ago. It is however a rather quintessential Conte assignment: another reclamation project at a fallen giant. After his massive successes at Juventus and Chelsea in previous years, and in some measure, the Italian national team as well.
Inter miraculously scraped out a Champions League spot at the 11th hour; beating Empoli by a close margin on 2-1. Inter would be the 2nd Serie A club Antonio Conte would manage.