Thursday May 9 2019
Alessio: 'Conte past and future'

Antonio Conte’s former assistant manager Angelo Alessio gave insight into his future, time at Juventus, dismissal by Chelsea and the Italy squad.

Rumours are running wild that Conte is heading back to Serie A for Inter, while others suggest his destination is right back where he started in Turin.

“I don’t believe that Conte’s future has already been written,” Alessio told Tuttomercatoweb.

“I’d be very cautious before saying he’ll definitely join one club or another. Sides like Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona could change management this summer and he’s never said no to another experience abroad, but clearly the main thing he’s looking for is a project.”

Conte has already turned down the Roma role, although Alessio thinks there are more options than people realise.

“He wants to win and has always tried to find a comeback situation. So Juventus, Inter and even Milan would be welcome.”

There are reports the return to Juve is favoured by Pavel Nedved, but not by President Andrea Agnelli.

“Every day there’s a new rumour. OK, the last day at Juve was a bit turbulent, considering the way it was broken off and Antonio left, but I don’t think this will influence whether he’ll go back or not.

“The rapport has always been cordial, so I wouldn’t put it that way. I will say that I get the feeling Massimiliano Allegri will stay at Juventus.”

When Conte did walk away, he was given the role of Italy Coach and brought Alessio with him as assistant manager.

“His time with the Bianconeri was a crescendo of experience and knowledge. We started out with a different tactic to the 3-5-2 that became our signature.

“It was different with the Nazionale, only being able to work with players for 10 days, but with hard work we instilled mentality, philosophy and concepts that are ready for Euro 2020.

“In my view, and for Conte, a great Coach has to be a good tailor, looking at the material and finding the best solution, drawing the team based on talent.

“I don’t see any obstructions for Inter, it’s all about making it clear to him that he is someone Juve are pushing for him. All doors are open, at this stage, and I think some big clubs are still come out. We’ll see what excited him the most.”

Much like Juventus, Conte’s separation from Chelsea came after weeks of speculation and growing tension, fired several days into pre-season training to make way for Maurizio Sarri.

“Despite the difficulties of the first two months, the team slowly understood what we wanted,” continued Alessio.

“We won the Premier League the first season, the FA Cup in the second. I thought the work we did there was excellent in a very competitive league.

“At the start of the third season, we were fired. We had a week in London, at the Cobham training ground, without any of the players participating in the World Cup and that’s when they told us he’d been sacked.”

Sarri has followed in Conte’s footsteps of having a frosty rapport with director Marina Granovskaia.

“She is part of the club and makes many of the decisions.”

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