Antonio Conte has confirmed he will return to club management following the announcement of his Italy departure.
Italian Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio this morning revealed Conte has informed him he will be stepping down from his role as boss this summer.
The 46-year-old will bow out after Euro 2016 in France and is expected to take over from Guus Hiddink at Chelsea.
A lucrative three-year deal has been agreed with the former Juventus manager and he is putting the finishing touches to his backroom team.
Conte has reacted to today’s announcement of his impending exit on his official Facebook page, re-affirming his commitment to Italy for the remainder of his contract.
He said: “At this time all of our concentration is focused on the Euro where we will try with work and sacrifice to take advantage of our potential.
“Those who know me are aware that I will give everything I have. After that I feel that I must return to managing a club with the opportunity of coaching every day.
“Thank you to president Taveccchio who is by my side on a daily basis on this great adventure.”
Conte’s trusted assistants Angelo Alessio and Massimo Carrera are nailed on to join the Italian at Chelsea and could be followed by two more new faces.
Scouts Mauro Sandreani and Gianluca Conte, brother of the Blues target, are candidates while Steve Holland is expected to remain part of any restructured coaching setup.
The Blues are keen to make a swift appointment in the wake of a disastrous few days which have seen the club knocked out of the Champions League and FA Cup.
Roman Abramovich will make significant funds available to the Italian to rebuild a team devoid of confidence after their worst season under his ownership.
An announcement confirming Conte’s appointment as Chelsea’s new manager is expected before this weekend’s visit of West Ham United.
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