Italian FA chairman criticises Chelsea’s manner of Antonio Conte pursuit

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Premier League giants Chelsea are searching for a new manager to take over proceedings once interim coach Guus Hiddink leaves this summer.

Italian head coach Antonio Conte is poised to take charge at Stamford Bridge after it was confirmed his tenure with the national team would not go beyond Euro 2016.

However, although several members of the Italian federation have accepted the inevitable, Italian Football Coaches Association chairman Renzo Ulivieri has openly slammed the Blues’ manner of pursuing the manager.


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He refrained from naming any club for the decision but indicates towards Chelsea denouncing their method of conducting business.

Daily Mail quoted Ulivieri saying: “It was known that Conte would leave the national team.”

“The thing I regret, though, is that a club contacts the coach of a national federation without any warning. It shows we are in a world which is failing to demonstrate even a minimum amount of education and manner.”


The 46-year-old manager disclosed last week that he would be leaving Italy following Euro 2016 in France after speculation had increased regarding his interest in the Chelsea top job.

In a press announcement, FIGC chief Carlo Tavecchio, as reported by ESPN: “Antonio Conte has told me that after the European championship, his experience [as Italy coach] will end.”

He also revealed the manager’s desire to return to club management for which they will hold no grudges against him.

“He [Conte] wants to get back to the day-to-day coaching, and this is understandable. We always backed Conte, and we were in touch every day.”

“We will accept this decision with serenity. Now we just have to take it on board and continue working with a person who has boosted the image of the national team again, which is effort and sacrifice.”


Conte is in negotiations with the west London outfit and is expected to be named the new boss at Stamford Bridge soon.

The Blues have had a dismal campaign in 2015-16 after recently exiting the Champions League and FA Cup prematurely and have just an outside chance of breaking into the top six of the Premier League.

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