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New Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has already made himself feel right at home after sleeping at the training ground before his unveiling.
The former Chelsea boss was officially announced as Tottenham’s new coach on Tuesday having flown to London on Monday to finalise talks with the club’s hierarchy.
The swift appointment came after Nuno Espirito Santo was given the sack four months into his two-year deal following a string of lacklustre performances and poor results.
A 3-0 home defeat to Manchester United on Saturday left Spurs ninth in the Premier League table and marked a fifth defeat in the north London side’s last seven league outings.
Conte has agreed to become Tottenham’s third manager in a matter of months having initially rejected the chance to join in the summer after talks broke down.
However, having reached an agreement second time around, the new Italian in charge has reportedly wasted no time into getting to know his new surroundings.
After talks were concluded on Monday, Conte opted to stay overnight at Hotspur Way – Tottenham’s state-of-the-art training ground – ahead of his unveiling, according to the Telegraph.
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The former Inter Milan boss was reportedly forced to sit out of Tuesday’s training and watch on while he awaits confirmation of his work permit but has met with his new staff and players.
After signing his £20million contract which will run until the end of next season, Conte said: “I am extremely happy to return to coaching, and to do so at a Premier League club that has the ambition to be a protagonist again.
“Tottenham Hotspur has state-of-the-art facilities and one of the best stadiums in the world.
“I can't wait to start working to convey to the team and the fans the passion, mentality and determination that have always distinguished me, as a player and as a coach.
“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.
“But 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.”
The Italian, who has won five league titles in his last seven season, is expected to sleep at the training ground again tonight as he prepares for his first game with new club Tottenham.
Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem are the visitors in the Europa Conference League on Thursday before Conte will be reunited with Premier League football when he takes his Spurs side to Goodison Park to face Everton on Sunday.
Newly appointed Conte isn’t the first manager to stay overnight at the club’s luxurious training ground as he follows in the footsteps of Jose Mourinho, who did the same after succeeding Mauricio Pochettino.
“Huge pillows. Huge pillows. Amazing, you sleep in the middle of five or six huge, soft pillows. Very, very good,” Mourinho declared afterwards.
“If you are trying to find a six-star hotel you couldn’t find better than here. Absolutely amazing. Great beds. Expensive duvet. So, so good.”
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