Paolo Di Canio backs Antonio Conte


West Ham legend Paolo Di Canio has given his backing to Antonio Conte, who is widely expected to take charge of Chelsea in the summer.

The 46-year-old has only experienced Italian football up until now in his managerial career. He is currently in charge of the Italian national team. This job was secured on the back of his impressive spell with Juventus. However, Conte recently confirmed that he was stepping down from his role as the national team boss after the Euro 2016. He took charge of Italy only after the World Cup 2014 from Cesare Prandelli.

Many would have expected him to carry on until the 2018 World Cup and this decision comes as a major surprise. However, he has never looked comfortable with national team management since there is no day-to-day involvement. Chelsea have had a revolving door of managers, but there seems to be a change in the attitude of the club in recent times. The club parted company with José Mourinho midway through the 2015-16 season only because results were extremely poor and the club found itself in the middle of a relegation battle. Di Canio revealed that he spoke in length about English football with Conte only two months ago, but the discussion never featured Chelsea according to the West Ham legend.

“I have spoken to him, not about Chelsea, but about English football. We had a chat about it, but not about Chelsea – two months ago.He is a good guy and a good coach. He is a manager with the right mentality and work ethic and can help Chelsea change their direction.This year was incredible, if you think what Chelsea did last year. After three or four months it was clear the team didn’t have the same mentality, energy and desire. Incredible,” said Di Canio.