Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant backs Conte as top target

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Antonio Conte is currently preparing for the European Championships with Italy.

Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant has backed Antonio Conte as a potential candidate to replace Guus Huddink at the end of the season.

Grant, who led Chelsea to the Champions League final in 2008, was quick to praise Conte’s man management skills in an interview with Sky Sports:

“He’s a good coach, he did brilliantly for Juventus and he did brilliantly for Italy," he said.

“At the end of the day, what’s most important is how to deal with the players, how to mange them and I think that Conte has a lot of experience.”

Conte has only ever managed in Italian football but his last domestic spell with Juventus was a huge success.

He led the Turin-based club to three consecutive Serie A titles, including two record-breaking league campaigns that saw Juventus go unbeaten in 2011-2012 and claim a record 102 points haul in 2013-2014.

Conte is now the favourite to take over from Hiddink. His contract with Italy expires after the Euros and the man himself has spoken of his desire to manage in other European leagues.

He helped shape one of the greatest Italian club sides in history and he also brought the likes of Paul Pogba and Arturo Vital to the Old Lady during his time at the club. He may not be the most obvious choice to succeed Hiddink but he is certainly a very capable manager.

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