Antonio Conte may be the polar opposite of Mauricio Pochettino, but Tottenham will bring in a man driven by one goal: to win.
He is a man without feelings, someone who has a proven track record of jumping ship at the first sign of trouble, as well as being the best Italian coach in the world.
Those hoping for passion and undying loyalty from him should brace themselves for a shock, as Conte only loves success, not the club he coaches.
Tottenham have opened talks with Antonio Conte (above) to become their new manager
He is undeniably mad as evidenced by his relentless demonstrations in his tech room and barking orders at his team.
Conte’s career shows off his unpredictability, with board relationships and results often sending him over the edge. He rarely divides and unites, but his charismatic character and professionalism will endear him to Spurs supporters.
One of his strengths is creating a team that would run through walls for him and Inter Milan’s title win last season is proof of that.
Conte (center) won the Serie A title with Inter Milan, but left the club due to disagreements
Conte is the opposite of deeply passionate former Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino
But after winning trophies and celebrating lavishly, Conte often gets dragged into fights, and these have always ended in a stormy goodbye.
At Siena, Bari, Juventus, Italy, Chelsea and most recently Inter, tensions with those around him have come to a head. From that moment on there is no going back.
Tottenham can expect Conte to demand support in the market, and this has always been out of the question for him. The hesitant club may well end up with his departure.
Despite his stellar track record of trophies, Conte tends to leave every club with a bitter goodbye
His desire for respect has also been made clear in several press conferences. In Italy, he proclaimed himself a ‘Condottiero’, a leader who absolutely must be listened to by his players and superiors.
However, with the right environment and investment, Conte has proven time and again that he can grab silverware and bring the glory days back to his clubs.
A man who is always on the brink, he will jump to his own defense. His decisions in the Inter Champions League knockout in December were questioned by Fabio Capello, but Conte was not afraid to shoot back.
WHAT HAPPENED AT INTER?
Conte ran a mess behind the scenes at the San Siro but managed to bounce back from his rocky start to take their first Scudetto in 11 years and break Juventus’ dominance.
The success of his most recent project underlined the fact that everything he touches turns to gold. However, his hefty salary also means that even some of the top clubs in Europe couldn’t afford him.
Carlo Ancelotti and Max Allegri, despite having won more titles than Conte, both have lower wages at Real Madrid and Juventus respectively. It is clear that Conte was making €13 million (£11 million) a year at Inter.
Conte left Inter with the club in dire financial straits and just days after their Serie A title win
He also raised around €7million (£6million) towards his severance pay when he parted ways with the club last month. After doing what he did best by taking first place, Conte left the ship.
Due to the financial difficulties the club faced, he would have been forced to sack several of its players, and he was not prepared to do so.
It has often been said to Conte that he is incapable of building a long-term project. Both Milan Skriniar and Christian Eriksen admitted to hearing about the departure by reading newspapers and watching TV.
This anecdote further highlights Conte’s impulsive nature and sheer unpredictability wherever he is.
CONTE IS A WINNER THAT IS ONLY FOCUSED ON RESULTS
Tottenham undoubtedly had some of their best years under Pochettino. Their former boss is known to be a very sensitive person and remains in love with Spurs and London.
This tie made him want to leave Paris Saint-Germain not even a year after his reign, but a north London reunion now seems increasingly unlikely as talks with Conte are underway.
It would be a mistake for the Spurs to consider their new man an heir to Pochettino. Hungry for success, Conte turns any team he oversees into a winning machine, but he rarely has the affection to expand his supporters.
A born winner, Conte is solely focused on results and will demand a lot from the Spurs hierarchy
With a pure desire to succeed, Conte turns every team he coaches into a winning machine
Even after grabbing glory, Conte will be ready to go. Tottenham have been warned over the years about this particular aspect of his character.
He wants to win, but is not willing to lower his wages or let players from below him release. With Conte at the helm, there’s no room for backwards steps.
There is also no fear on his part in criticizing the clubs he works for. Inter supporters were occasionally annoyed that Conte chose to remain as optimistic as ever during key parts of the season.
Spurs will have no choice but to throw money at him. He wouldn’t plan on taking on a role without significant sums of money for his causes.
Stubbornness ABOUT HIS TACTICS
Conte is arguably the most stubborn man to ever coach in Europe.
In the early stages of his career with Siena and Bari, he used a 4-2-4 formation, but that system was promptly scrapped, just three games into his Juventus stint.
Since then, Conte has preferred a 3-5-2 formation. This may work domestically, but in the past he has paid the price in the Champions League for not changing his mind.
Conte is incredibly stubborn about his tactics and would put his Tottenham players in a 3-5-2 . place
Daniel Levy is expected to sprinkle the money for Conte and keep him happy
This is perhaps his biggest mistake. Conte never changes his way of coaching or how he prepares his team for the biggest games.
In the meantime, players who have been pushed away by him rarely get a reprieve.
Tottenham should indeed do very differently next season under Conte. This would probably cost them a lot of money to ensure that, when the coach arrives, everything is in place to get to work right away.