Rio Ferdinand gives his verdict on Antonio Conte joining Tottenham

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Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has warned Tottenham that they should feel lucky to have appointed Antonio Conte. The Italian was announced as Nuno Espirito Santo’s replacement on Tuesday, with Spurs lying a lowly ninth in the Premier League.

Conte has a reputation for quickly delivering success at any club he takes charge of and previously spent two years in England at Chelsea.

He earnt his reputation at Juventus, who he guided to three successive Serie A titles, before transforming the fortunes of the Italian national team.

Chelsea were the next team to be blessed with Conte’s winning abilities, as they won the Premier League in record-breaking fashion in his first season.

His relationship with the Stamford Bridge hierarchy soured though and he left after only two years, before leading Inter Milan to their first Serie A title for 11 years.

It is quite the cup for Spurs to bring in the Italian, who is widely ranked among the best managers currently operating in Europe.

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Tottenham chiefs Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici will be hoping that the appointment of Conte can finally bring an end to the club’s long trophy drought.

They have not won a trophy since 2008, when Spanish boss Juande Ramos led them to the League Cup.

The London club have reached a number of finals since that win over Chelsea, but they lost in the Champions League to Liverpool and in the Carabao Cup to Manchester City.

Appointing Conte is their biggest step towards contending for a trophy that Tottenham have made in recent months.

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And Ferdinand believes that Tottenham have struck gold by appointing the former Chelsea boss, warning Spurs they have been lucky to bring him in.

The former England international did warn the Italian that he faces a huge challenge at his new club, who are five points off the top four.

“Spurs should think themselves lucky to get Conte,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“A manager of his standard. He wins, this guy knows how to win and go in and change things. Bring in that winning mentality.

“This is a big test for him to reinvigorate the club. Spurs have made a big step backwards and he needs to change that.”

Conte’s first game in charge will come on Thursday night when Vitesse Arnhem are the visitors in the Europa Conference League.

Spurs desperately need a win to get their campaign in the competition back on track, as they currently sit third in their group.

His first match back in the Premier League will then come on Sunday when Tottenham travel to Everton.
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