Antonio Conte will receive a considerable payout after being relieved of his duties at Tottenham. It’s not the first time the coach has left a job in acrimonious circumstances and not the first time he’s been well remunerated for his work.
Prior to getting the Juventus job in 2011, the former midfielder had established himself as an up-and-coming coach worthy of one of Serie A’s top jobs. He succeeded Maurizio Sarri at Serie B relegation battlers Arezzo in his first managerial role and went on to coach Bari, Atalanta and Siena before returning to the Old Lady.
He didn’t receive a pay-off at any of those early jobs, having either resigned or been poached by another club in each of them. But what about the top jobs he’s left over the past 10 years? We’ve taken a more detailed look.
During his first season at the helm, Conte led Juventus to their first Scudetto since their post-Calciopoli relegation. They went on to retain the title in his second and third years, and in all three he picked up the Panchina d’Oro award for the best coach in Italy.
But they failed to make much progress in the Champions League, failing to get beyond the quarter-finals.
“Well, you cannot go to eat at a €100 restaurant with just €10 euro in your pocket, can you?” he famously said, of Juventus’ inability to compete with the European elite.
Despite his frustrations, he signed a one-year contract extension in 2014, only to resign in the first few days of pre-season, saving Juventus any payout in the process. A month later he was named the new Italy boss.
“I have matured with time and my feelings led me to make this choice. It may be more difficult to keep winning with Juventus,” Conte said upon leaving.
Juventus went on to top the Serie A table for six more years after his departure, while successor Massimiliano Allegri led the club to Champions League finals in 2015 and 2017.
This is the big one. The biggest pay-out in football history.
After doing a superb job to lead the Blues to the Premier League title in 2016-17, Conte signed a bumper two-year contract extension at Stamford Bridge. But that’s the point at which things started to go wrong.
Amid behind-the-scenes turmoil, Chelsea only finished fifth in the Italian’s second season in charge. They did win the FA Cup but failing to qualify for the Champions League proved costly.
Conte was eventually sacked after a long and drawn-out saga, awkwardly exiting Chelsea’s Cobham training ground as next-in-line Maurizio Sarri arrived to get to work.
But that wasn’t the end of it. Conte took Chelsea to an employment tribunal.
“The complaint of unfair dismissal is well founded,” employment judge Andrew Glennie declared.
“The respondent shall pay to the claimant a basic award of £1,524 and a compensatory award of £83,682, being a total of £85,206.”
Add that to the £26.6million that Chelsea’s accounts show they paid off Conte and his staff in the summer of 2018. Oof.
Having ended Juve’s nine-year dominance at the top of Serie A by leading Inter to their first Scudetto in over a decade, Conte left the San Siro under a cloud, frustrated at the club’s decision to cash in on star assets like Romelu Lukaku.
The club and manager came to a mutual agreement that Conte would depart, despite having a year left on his €13million-a-season contract. Having gone on to join Tottenham later in the year, Conte received a €2million severance settlement as part of a clause in his contract about him not going to join another Italian club.
After the full details emerged, Italian comedian Stefano Corti doorstepped Conte in London. Corti presented him with a Salvador Dali mask from the Netflix show Money Heist as a way of making fun of his considerable earnings from pay-offs.
“Yeah, but come on, it’s not like that,” Conte responded. “If you do a good job it is only right that you do well. I work at the top and so what they pay me is fair.”
It took eight long days after Conte’s extraordinary press conference rant for the news of his departure from Tottenham to be confirmed.
“They are used to it here. They don’t play for something important yeah,” the irate 53-year-old told reporters following Spurs’ 3-3 draw with Southampton.
“They don’t want to play under pressure, they don’t want to play under stress. It is easy in this way. Tottenham’s story is this for 20 years. There is the owner but they never won something. Why?”
The writing was on the wall for a long time prior to that. Having left a couple of months before his contract in north London was up, Conte will receive a £4million payout according to The Mirror.