Jamie O’Hara has warned the likes of Arsenal and West Ham that Spurs are “back with a vengeance” now that Antonio Conte is in charge.
The Italian was linked with the club before Nuno Espirito Santo was appointed as Jose Mourinho’s successor during the summer.
The former Wolves boss was sacked on Monday in the aftermath of Tottenham’s 3-0 defeat on Saturday against Manchester United.
Spurs did not take long to appoint his replacement as it was announced on Tuesday that Conte was the club’s new manager.
The 52-year-old previously had a two-year spell in charge of Chelsea. During his time there, he won the Premier League and FA Cup.
Conte later went onto win the Serie A with Inter Milan. Spurs currently sit ninth in the Premier League after ten games. They are five points adrift of fourth-placed West Ham.
O’Hara has told Sky Sports that the likes of Arsenal and West Ham will be “worried” by Conte’s appointment:
“I can’t express how amazing this appointment is,” O’Hara said. “He is a leader. Chelsea, Inter Milan, Juve. Absolutely fantastic.
“What I will say is Arsenal, Leicester, West Ham – they’re going to be worried. Tottenham Hotspur are back now, with a vengeance.”
After his appointment was made official, Conte said that he is “extremely happy” to be back in management:
“I am extremely happy to return to coaching. To do so at a Premier League club that has the ambition to be a protagonist again,” Conte told the club website.
“Tottenham Hotspur has state-of-the-art facilities and one of the best stadiums in the world.
“I can’t wait to start working to convey to the team and the fans the passion, mentality and determination that have always distinguished me, as a player and as a coach.
“Last summer our union did not happen because the end of my relationship with Inter was still too recent and emotionally too involved with the end of the season. I felt that it wasn’t yet the right time to return to coaching.
“But the contagious enthusiasm and determination of Daniel Levy in wanting to entrust me with this task had already hit the mark. Now that the opportunity has returned, I have chosen to take it with great conviction.”
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