Chelsea have confirmed their new-look
backroom team that will assist new
manager Antonio Conte. The 46-year-
old, appointed as successor to interim
boss Guus Hiddink in April before
officially beginning his new role last
week less than a fortnight after guiding
Italy to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016,
will be assisted by younger brother
Gianluca as well as Siena, Juventus
and Azzurri colleague Angelo Alessio.
Steve Holland has been retained. The
long-serving assistant and ex-reserve
coach, who previously worked at
Crewe Alexandra and Stoke City before
arriving at Stamford Bridge in 2011,
has served under five different
managers in Andre Villas-Boas,
Roberto di Matteo, Rafael Benitez, Jose
Mourinho and Hiddink. Alongside Eddie
Newton, he took caretaker charge of
the first team during their 3-1 win over
Sunderland last December.
Perhaps the most significant change
comes with the arrival of former Italy
and Genoa goalkeeping coach Gianluca
Spinelli, who will be assisted by
Henrique Hilario. He looks to have
replaced Christophe Lollichon amid
reports that the Frenchman, a long-
time ally of Petr Cech, has suffered a
breakdown in his working relationship
with current number one Thibaut
Courtois.
It remains unclear at this stage if his
omission from the latest statement
means that he has been jettisoned
altogether after nine years or simply
moved into a lesser role. His profile
still appears on the Chelsea website.
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Paolo Bertelli and Julio Tous join Chris
Jones as fitness coaches, with
Costantino Coratti arriving as an
assistant. Supporters will likely be glad
to see Carlo Cudicini combine his
ambassadorial role with helping out
Conte. Tiberio Ancora is also on board
as a personal trainer and nutritionist.
Chelsea are due to fly to the United
States on Sunday (24 July) in
preparation for International
Champions Cup clashes against
Liverpool, Real Madrid and AC Milan.
They then travel to face Werder Bremen
before opening the new Premier
League campaign at home to West
Ham United on Monday 15 August.
Conte and his troops have spent the
last week in a pre-season training
camp in Austria, where they lost his
first game in charge to Rapid Vienna
before beating RZ Pellets 3-0 in
Klagenfurt courtesy of goals from
Bertrand Traore, Ruben Loftus-Cheek
and Nathaniel Chalobah. Chelsea have
made two new signings so far this
summer, acquiring Belgian striker
Michy Batshuayi from Marseille and
Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante.

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