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While our former boss Jose Mourinho was always at war with the media, new manager Antonio Conte is already winning the hearts of journalists.

BBC‘s John Southall reported he and several other journalists were taken out for a festive drink by the Italian.

Southall appeared on BBC 5 live Sport on Boxing Day and explained how the Italian won their hearts with his gesture.

He said: “A handful of journalists were invited for pre-Christmas drinks after his press conference, so we all adjourned to the local pub around the corner and he bought us a beer. It was all very pleasing.

“Actually, I have to say, he was very engaging company. He was very personable, and he was very open with us. I think it reflects what he has really done at this club, the way he’s transformed them on and off the pitch.

“I think the players know exactly where they stand with him, they know what is expected from them, his man management appears to be good, and I think that reflects the way he carries himself in front of the press and in front of his players.”

Surely, we have a charming personality as manager. Awesome!

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