Conte: Inter fans will wonder, why me?

Inter confirmed the hiring of Antonio Conte as coach on Friday and he accepts it might be a task winning some supporters over.

Conte's main priority will be turning Inter into a title-winning side again, having not claimed the Serie A crown since 2009-10.   -  Getty Images

Antonio Conte accepts some Inter fans might object to his appointment as coach due to his Juventus background but he insists he is the right man to lead it because he shares its "fearlessness".

Following Thursday's announcement of Luciano Spalletti's dismissal, the hiring of Conte looked a formality after prolonged speculation.

Inter confirmed Conte's arrival on Friday, with the former Italy, Juve and Chelsea coach signing a three-year contract at San Siro.

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Despite Conte's successful track record, some Inter fans are less than enthusiastic due to the 49-year-old's strong ties to bitter rival Juve, whom he represented for 13 years as a player and later coached to three Scudetti.

But Inter released a video shortly after the announcement in which Conte explains why he is a good fit for a "club that's not for everyone".

 

"Finally, it's time to get back to it," he began, referencing his season away from coaching. "I have many reasons to do so, perhaps even too many and just as many challenges are ahead of me.

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"But I can't wait. A club that's not for everyone, with its fans who will be wondering, why me exactly?

"Because we share the same ambitions, fearlessness, hunger and determination. Now it's my turn. I'm here, Inter."

Conte's main priority will be turning Inter into a title-winning side again, having not claimed the Serie A crown since 2009-10.