Conte issues statement as Italy confirm his departure date

Date published: Tuesday 15th March 2016 9:41

Antonio Conte: Will leave job with Italy after Euro 2016

Antonio Conte: Will leave job with Italy after Euro 2016

Antonio Conte has issued a statement on his future after the Italian Football Federation announced he would leave his role as Italy boss following Euro 2016.

The 46-year-old former Juventus coach has been strongly linked with Chelsea in recent weeks, and had this to say after his exit from the Italy post was confirmed on Tuesday morning.

“At the moment, my focus is on the Euros, where we’ll try with hard work and sacrifice to do our best at the tournament,” he said.

“Anyone who knows me, knows I will give my total commitment to this. I feel I should go back to being a club manager, to have the chance to train with players every day.

“I want to thank the president and everyone at the federation who has followed me in this wonderful adventure.”

Conte took control of the Azzurri in August 2014 and secured their qualification for the European Championship in France.

But FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio on Tuesday told Sky Sport Italia that Conte, who won three Serie A titles with Juve, was seeking a return to “daily work” with a football club after the summer finals.

Interim Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink will leave the club at the end of the season and has called on the Blues to act swiftly and with transparency as the club bids to appoint a permanent successor to Jose Mourinho.

Antonio Conte: Could succeed Guus Hiddink at Chelsea

And it seems the Blues have turned to former Juventus coach Conte, with another candidate, Jorge Sampaoli, claiming over the weekend he has missed out on the job to the Italian.

In quotes carried by La Gazzetta dello Sport, FIGC chief Tavecchio said: “Antonio Conte has told me that at the end of the European Championship his experience with us will come to an end.

“He can hear the call of the training ground, the daily work of training, and that is understandable.”

Conte, a former midfielder with Juve who returned to the Bianconeri as manager in 2011, has reportedly held talks with Chelsea over replacing Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.

An announcement could be made this week with both parties free to complete a deal to charge Conte with restoring the 2014-15 Barclays Premier League champions’ fortunes following a dismal season.

Conte is understood to have been taking English lessons in the last few months with a view to facilitating his first ever foray into overseas management.

After retiring as a player in 2004 he took coaching roles with Arezzo, Bari, Atalanta and Siena.

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His success in guiding the Tuscans to promotion from Serie B captured Juve’s attention and he replaced Luigi Delneri, who had only been able to secure a seventh-placed finish in the top flight.

Juve would go unbeaten throughout Conte’s first season in charge and they retained the Scudetto despite losing their boss for four months as he served an FIGC ban for failing to report his knowledge of attempted match-fixing that allegedly occurred during his time with Siena.

The Bianconeri, who by 2014 boasted Carlos Tevez, Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba and Andrea Pirlo in a fearsome line-up, made it three titles in a row before Conte took up the reins of the national team.

An unspectacular qualifying campaign raised questions about his long-term credentials and commitment to the Azzurri, and Tuesday’s announcement came as no surprise.

The 2006 World Cup winners must tackle Belgium, the Republic of Ireland and Sweden at Euro 2016 and Tavecchio has said Conte’s successor “will be discussed in due course”.

If he takes the Chelsea job – replacing interim boss Guus Hiddink – he will bring assistants Massimo Carrera, Angelo Alessio, Paolo Bertelli, Mauro Sandreani and his brother Gianluca to west London.

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    Antonio Conte has moved a step closer to taking the Chelsea job after the Italy Football Federation confirmed his departure after Euro 2016.

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    real tough job waiting for him



    I’m excited by Conte. Itallian managers have always done well at Chelsea and in this league.

    No doubt its a tough job to sort the mess created by the club, Mourinho and players.

    I hope his english lessons are going well and comes in strong.


    nine nine nine

    bort, I watched an extensive interview Conte did re the Euros conducted in English and he was word perfect with his understanding of the questions with perfect answers in perfect English. On what I saw I really can’t see any problems.



    Nine, Thanks for the heads up I just checked it out on youtube. Very well spoken, he will only improve by the time he walks in for a first day at the office.

    Im not normally one for wishing time away but next season can’t come quick enough now.


    nine nine nine

    bort, I know what you mean.?


    I’m still the devil advocate here about Conte. Still disagree. He has Euro. Our pre-season will not be optimal. And we clearly cannot afford that


    super frankie

    Aindro – I would rather the late arrival of the best man for the job than the early arrival of the wrong candidate. I think we have done very well to get Conte, albeit slightly later than optimal.

    Does anyone know when Guus is scheduled to depart?


    nine nine nine

    Walter Sabitini is rumoured to be coming in as DOF too?



    I really rate Conte but the whole senario around him with not being available until after the euro’s, also the inpending court case and possible ban. I am not sure what we as a club will do if this all goes tits up.

    Italy coach Antonio Conte is due in court to face match-fixing allegations on April 4 but should know his fate before Euro 2016 begins, Italian media said on Wednesday.

    The 46-year-old, rumoured to be a target for Chelsea to take over from Guus Hiddink at the end of this season, is accused of having failed to denounce an attempt to fix a match while coach of then-second division Siena against Albinoleffe in May 2011.

    He has already served a four-month ban handed down by the Italian Football Federation in 2012 after being found guilty of the charge by a sporting court — his sentence was reduced from 10 months on appeal.

    Conte, who was Juventus coach at the time of his conviction but was supported by his employers, did not want to head to Euro 2016 with the criminal charge brought by a court in Cremona still hanging over his head.

    His lawyers asked for a shortened trial — a decision is due by around mid-May, according to Italian press reports — in order to find out before the Euros whether or not he will face a further sanction.

    Conte has always denied any knowledge of the deal between players to fix the match, which his Siena side won 1-0, the same year they were promoted to Serie A and Conte earnt a move to Juve, the club he graced as a player for 13 years.

    The calcioscommesse (football-betting) scandal broke in June 2011 and has seen many well-known figures from football serve bans for match-fixing, such as former Italy internationals Giuseppe Signori and Cristiano Doni.

    Around 100 people are still awaiting trial accused with various roles in the vast corruption scandal.


    nine nine nine

    dev, like you I think the biggest concern is the impending Court Case.

    You would think that Chelsea have taken legal opinion on this and both they and Conte must be reasonably confident that he will get through it without any major problem.

    You would also hope that Chelsea have a plan b in place should things go array.

    Perhaps that’s the reason that the appointment has yet to be announced and the deal is in place in the form of a pre contract with a break clause should anything go wrong. Only time will tell. Cheers 999



    Lets all hope so 999



    Devchells – from what I have read there will not be anything for Conte to answer to. The case has been bought forward to ensure that Italy go to the Euro’s with a manager who has nothing hovering over him

    I agree and assume that Chelsea would have taken this into account and looked long and hard before actually looking to proceed

    Obviously it could still go wrong and possibly that is why Chelsea have not announced him as the manager and may wait until after the court case is concluded…? KTBFFH

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