Chelsea agree in principle with new manager – it’s not Hiddink or Simeone…

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There will be a new manager running the operation at Chelsea in the 2016-17 season and his name is Antonio Conte.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport [per the Metro], the Italy manager has agreed in principle to become the next permanent manager of Chelsea and will take over at Stamford Bridge after Guus Hiddink’s term as interim manager ends.

The 46-year-old Italian manager will take over the position previously held by Jose Mourinho, who led Chelsea to the Premier League and League Cup titles in the 2014-15 season before being fired in mid-December.

From 2006 through 2011, Conte managed five smaller Italian clubs but with only limited success. However, in 2011 he took over the reins at Juventus and returned the club to title-winning glory.

In a three-year stint with The Old Lady, Conte managed the club to three Serie A titles, two Supercoppa Italiana titles and a runner-up finish in the Coppa Italia. He accumulated a 67.55% win rate before resigning in July 2014.

Conte took over as manager of Italy in August 2014 and helped the country secure qualification for the Euro 2016 tournament after claiming 24 of 30 points in the qualifiers group stage.

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