Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that sometimes he hates doing the job as a football coach.
The Italian has made a huge impact on the Premier League since his arrival at Stamford Bridge last summer. In his first year he won the league title and took the Blues to the final of the FA Cup.
He has a reputation for his intensity and energy on the touchline and in training – but it is that all engrossing element of the job that means it has its drawbacks.
Asked if he always wanted to be a manager, he told GQ: ‘Yes. I coached my first team when I was 14! I trained a team of elementary school kids. I always loved it. I always felt I would do this, that this would be my life.
‘But sometimes I hate it, you know. Sometimes I hate this job, because sometimes you lose your life. If you want to do this job, to be a good coach, a great coach, you must sacrifice your life and sometimes I hate this.’
Asked specifically what he hated, Conte replied: ‘I have to think football 18 hours a day.’ Despite his immense impact on English football, rumours persist that his stay will be a short one. He signed a fresh contract over the summer but the length of the deal remained the same – lasting until summer 2019.
Those rumours have been fuelled by talk he misses Italy and his family who remained in his homeland. But he hopes the situation will improve with his wife and daughter moving to England for his second year in the job. ‘I love being with my family. This year will be better because they are moving to England from Italy. But it is not easy because this job is so intense. My mind is always on football.’