Antonio Conte leaves Tottenham Hotspur

Premier League

After 16 months in charge, manager Antonio Conte has left Tottenham Hotspur by mutual consent.

After Spurs’ most recent draw against Southampton, Conte had a surprising press conference when he referred to the player’s culture as “selfish” and criticized it.

Tottenham is currently fourth in the top division but is not participating in any cup games.

Ryan Mason, a former midfielder, will serve as Cristian Stellini’s assistant for the remainder of the season.

Daniel Levy, the club’s chairman, said, “We have a fight on our hands for a Champions League place. We have 10 Premier League games left.”

“We must all work together. To secure the best result for our team and fantastic, devoted fans, everyone must stand up.”

Since Mauricio Pochettino left in 2019, Spurs have been hunting for a permanent manager on a fourth occasion.

Following Sheffield United of the Championship’s elimination from the FA Cup at the beginning of the month, they experienced a relatively easy departure against AC Milan in the Champions League.

In November 2021, following Nuno Espirito Santo’s dismissal by Spurs, Italian Conte, who had previously played for Chelsea, Juventus, and Inter Milan and won league titles with those teams, was hired.

A six-game unbeaten streak, which included a 3-0 victory over rivals Arsenal, helped them achieve a top-four finish after they had struggled with consistency for much of his early tenure.

With nine losses, four ties, and 28 league games played, Tottenham’s problems have persisted this season, raising concerns about the team’s playing strategy.

After the 0-0 tie against Milan that culminated in a 1-0 loss on aggregate and doomed the team to another season without a trophy, Conte’s Spurs were booed vociferously.

In his final game in command, Spurs blew a 3-1 lead to draw at struggling Southampton on March 18, prompting Conte to criticize his team and the club harshly in the aftermath.

“Tottenham’s history is as follows: they have had this owner for 20 years, but they have never had success. Why?” stated Conte.

I’ve tried to conceal the problem up to this point, but I’m not doing it anymore because, like I said, I don’t want to see what I saw today because it’s unacceptable and also bad for the fans.

Since the Levy-led ownership group took over the club in 2001, Tottenham has had 11 different managers and only one title, the League Cup in 2008.

Conte also underwent gallbladder surgery in February of this season.

He missed the victory over Manchester City on February 5 and missed another four games to concentrate on his recovery in Italy, with Stellini taking over in his place. He then briefly returned for two games.

Gian Piero Ventrone, the Spurs fitness coach, Sinisa Mihajlovic, and Gianluca Vialli were three of Conte’s close pals who passed away recently.

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