Tottenham part ways with ‘selfish’ Conte
Italian leaves Spurs after criticizing players
Tottenham Hotspur have parted ways with manager Antonio Conte following a 3-3 draw with Southampton, in which the Italian criticized his players for being “selfish.” Cristian Stellini, Conte’s assistant, will be the acting head coach for the rest of the football season, while Ryan Mason will become the assistant head coach. Conte, whose contract was set to expire at the end of the season, is reportedly in Turin with his family and is said to be keen for his next management job to be in Italy.
Italian looking for job in Italy
However, not many Italian clubs are willing to pay the type of salary and make team investments he demands. Conte leaves Tottenham after 16 months in charge and after an extraordinary rant against his players following their draw at Southampton. Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy has asked all stakeholders to pull together and ensure the club achieves the highest possible finish this season, with 10 Premier League games remaining and a fight for a Champions League place.
Conte frustrated with Tottenham players
Conte said after the match: “I’m not used to seeing this type of situation. I see a lot of selfish players and I don’t see a team.” He added: “We are 11 players that go into the pitch. I see selfish players, I see players that don’t want to help each other and don’t put their heart [in].” He went on to suggest Tottenham has a history of failing to win trophies in the past two decades.
Nagelsmann likely to take over
Tottenham will now focus on hiring a permanent manager for next season. Sky Sports News states that Julian Nagelsmann, who was recently fired as Bayern Munich’s manager, would be open to discussing the position. Stellini has led the Spurs side earlier this season, stepping in for Conte when he was suspended during the crucial final Champions League group stage win at Marseille. The Italian also oversaw standout victories over Manchester City, West Ham, and Chelsea in the Premier League.
Levy criticized for Spurs’ lack of success
Daniel Levy, Tottenham’s chairman, has twisted the knife on another manager, after firing Pochettino, Mourinho, and Nuno Espirito Santo. Antonio Conte is their latest addition to this list after he couldn’t bring victory to Tottenham. With just 10 Premier League games left, Spurs fans have become uncertain about the future of their team.
Opta rates Tottenham’s chances of a top-four finish at 25%
Opta rates Tottenham’s chances of a top-four finish in the Premier League this season at 25%, falling from their previous rating of 31%. Newcastle and Liverpool currently have a higher chance of securing a spot in the top four if they win their two games in hand over Spurs, who are predicted to finish sixth at the end of the campaign.