New Ajaccio boss Fabrizio Ravanelli believes Antonio Conte is proof that experience is not essential to becoming a top coach.
Ravanelli was installed at the Ligue 1 outfit on Saturday having spent two years with the Juventus youth setup, and the former Italy international believes the current head coach at the Bianconeri proves that a long playing career can be sufficient preparation for club management.
"Even if I don't have great experience as a coach, I have experience as a player. You don't need to train for 15 years to be a good coach, as has been shown with [Fiorentina boss] Vincenzo Montella and Antonio Conte," he told RMC. "With my professionalism and enthusiasm, I hope to do a good job with Ajaccio."
Ravanelli revealed that initial talks had been held with Ajaccio president Alain Orsoni as early as January, which proved pivotal in convincing him to ignore other offers and attempt to launch his coaching career in Ligue 1.
"We already had contacts in January but there was no agreement," the former Lazio man continued. "It was decided then that we would wait until the end of the season. The president kept his word and everything was resolved quickly.
"The first thing [that persuaded me to join] was the personality of the president and the sporting director [Patrick Vernet]. They are straightforward, professional people. We want to achieve something important with this club. I know French football well and I hope to achieve great things. With my years spent at Juventus, it will perhaps be possible to take a few players.
"I had other offers but I chose Ajaccio because I know the language, I know the French league well and I hope the club will allow me to launch a successful career as a coach. It is the pitch that will give me the answer."