After some speculation over the speed of his work permit, Antonio Conte will lead Tottenham Hotspur versus Vitesse on Thursday evening, along with an almost complete staff.
There was never any question that the Italian manager would receive his work permit for Tottenham Hotspur, it was just a matter of when for Antonio Conte. Fortunately for Conte and Spurs his permit was approved and he along with an almost complete staff will be on the sidelines for Tottenham for the first match under new management. Here is a quick look at Conte’s staff.
Tottenham staff still missing one key hire
The key here is the Conte’s staff is almost complete. Conte’s goalkeeper coach from his previous club, Adriano Bonaiuti, is still in that position at Inter Milan. As a result, there is still one opening in the staff, which of course will be filled in due course. Absent the missing goalkeeper coach, Conte’s staff is one somewhat familiar to him but also with some new faces.
Who came with Conte to coach?
One of the rumours over the summer was that Conte was not going to be able to bring all of his coaches with him, which was one of the reasons he did not accept the job. Whether or not there was any truth to that rumour or not, the reality is Conte did bring four first-team coaches with him and has six total.
Antonio brought his brother along, Gianluca Conte. Gianluca is a former professional footballer like his brother and has been a coach alongside Antonio since working at Siena, which was before the pair moved to Juventus. Gianluca will provide analytic and technical analysis to the team.
Cristian Stellini has been with Conte since Juventus in 2010 and is the Assistant Head Coach. Also a former player, Stellini coached separately from Conte for a few years after Juventus but rejoined his staff at Inter. According to the Sun, Stellini was the man to take charge last season as Conte did miss three matches for Inter, they won all three.
A third coach to come with Conte, and possibly the most important outside of Conte himself was Constantino Coratti. His role is vital as Coratti is the fitness coach who is ultimately responsible for getting Tottenham into the condition needed to execute Conte’s vision. Coratti has spent almost a decade with Conte, joining in his second season at Juventus.
Stefano Bruno worked with Conte at TInter and serves as a rehabilitation and fitness coach. Bruno’s job is to keep the players on the pitch and pit. Likely, Bruno will become a coach the players know very well as Conte wants insight on every aspect of a player’s physical condition and Bruno will provide it.
Gian Piero Ventrone is a third fitness coach who has also come to the team. It is notable that Gian Piero was not serving on Conte’s previous staff but has connections through Juventus where he began his career as a fitness coach in 1994/95 when Conte was a player.
Tottenham adds one more name to the staff
Probably most notable in the staff announcement was the inclusion of an additional First Team Coach who has never worked with Conte before, former Interim Head Coach, Ryan Mason. Ryan has been part of the club in some way, shape, or form, for more of the last 20 years, having started as a child.
Mason was the man Daniel Levy turned to last season after letting go of Jose Mourinho and now Ryan has a role on Conte’s staff. Beyond being a First Team Coach, Mason’s role was not further defined by the club but it is worth keeping an eye on.