Antonio Conte and his large backroom staff

Antonio Conte and his large backroom staff
Mar 12, 2016

Chelsea

Antonio Conte has moved a step closer to taking over at Chelsea after the club agreed to him bringing four members of his backroom staff to Stamford Bridge.

The Italian has been in talks with Chelsea for the past few weeks, and a deal is expected to be announced by the end of the month, with Conte taking over at the club in mid-July following the European Championships.

Conte wants his future to be decided and announced before some pre-Euro friendlies take place later this month so that everyone knows what is happening over the next few months.

Federico Pastorello, the Italian agent who brokered their previous meeting in Monaco, was at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday as Chelsea lost to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Abramovich considers Conte the leading candidate despite his initial reluctance to hire an Italian manager.

Antonio Conte’s proposed move to Chelsea is being held up by his insistence on bringing a huge backroom team with him to Stamford Bridge. The Italy coach is supported by a technical staff of 18 people at present and it is understood he wants at least ten of them to follow him to Chelsea.

Conte wants to bring his two assistants Massimo Carrera and Angelo Alessio along with him to Chelsea. Both of them have been with him since his time at Italian Club, Sienna.

FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Assistant coach Massimo Carrera during Italy Training Session at Coverciano on September 6, 2014 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Massimo Carrera 

FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 02:  Assistant coach Italy Angelo Alessio during Italy Training Session at Coverciano on September 2, 2014 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Angelo Alessio 

He will also bring his two fitness coaches, Paolo Bertelli and Constantino Coratti along with him to the West London Club.

FLORENCE, ITALY - JUNE 02: Paolo Bertelli (athletic trainer) during an Italy press conference during an Italy training session at Coverciano on June 2, 2015 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Paolo Bertelli

BARI, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 03:  Italy fitness coach Costantino Coratti during Italy Training Session at Coverciano on September 3, 2014 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Costantino Coratti 

Antonio Conte will also be bringing Gianluca Conte to Chelsea who’ll play the role of a scout at the Club while he is also expected to bring Long-time Genoa goalkeeping coach Gianluca Spinelli.

Gianluca Conte

                                       Gianluca Conte 

FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 02:  Italy goalkeeper coach Gianluca Spinelli  during Italy Training Session at Coverciano on September 2, 2014 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Gianluca Spinelli 

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