Chelsea appoints Conte as new manager

Chelsea appoints Conte as new manager

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Antonio Conte. PHOTO/COURTESY.

London, ENGLAND: Chelsea has appointed Italian manager Antonio Conte as their new head coach after the former Juventus boss penned a three-year deal with the Blues.

The Italian will lead his country in France this summer, before pitching up at Stamford Bridge to take over from Guus Hiddink.

Guus Hiddink, who replaced Jose Mourinho earlier in the campaign, will remain in charge for the final stages of the season.

The Dutchman has steadied the ship after an error-strewn start to the season.

Chelsea currently sits 10th in the Premier League with six matches to play.

Conte will be the fifth Italian to manage the Blues, following in the footsteps of Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo.

He guided Juventus to three straight Italian titles from 2012-2014 before taking over as Italy coach.

He won 83 out 114 league games as Juventus manager, losing only seven.