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Backroom team unveiled

Antonio Conte’s staff have been confirmed and will work on preparations for the forthcoming season with the squad flying to America on Sunday.

Our new first team head coach has three assistant coaches: Angelo Alessio; Gianluca Conte and Steve Holland.

Alessio first linked up with Conte in a coaching capacity at Siena. They continued to work together at Juventus and with the Italy national side. As players they were team-mates in the Juventus midfield where they won the UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia.

Gianluca Conte is the younger brother of Antonio. They were both players at their home town club of Lecce and Gianluca has worked as an analyst with his brother at Bari, Juventus and with Italy. Steve Holland will continue in the role having worked with the first team since 2011.

The fitness coaches are Paolo Bertelli, Julio Tous and Chris Jones. Bertelli and Tous join Chelsea having held those positions in the Italy national set-up. Tous, a Spaniard, will also act as a performance analyst.  Chris Jones has been with our first team squad since 2009. Costantino Coratti, who was also part of Conte’s staff during his two years as Italy manager, is our new assistant fitness coach.

Gianluca Spinelli joins as a goalkeeper coach. Prior to moving to Chelsea, he divided his time between coaching the goalkeepers in the Italy squad and at Genoa where he worked for 12 years. He will be assisted by Henrique Hilario. 

Tiberio Ancora will act as a consultant personal trainer/nutritionist.

Our former keeper Carlo Cudicini now has a dual role. As well as a club ambassador, he will also be assistant to the first team head coach.