Italian strategist Antonio Conte has been sacked by Tottenham Hotspur following a series of poor results and irreconcilable differences with the club’s management.
Tottenham Hotspur confirmed that they have reached an agreement to terminate their contract with head coach Antonio Conte through their official website and social media platforms. So Conte is the next manager to be sacked this Premier League season.
For the remainder of the season, Tottenham’s assistant coach Cristian Stellini will take on the role of head coach. Tottenham Hotspur will not be seeking a replacement until the end of the current season, indicating that the club has not rushed to appoint any new manager as the official “captain” of the team.
“We can announce that head coach Antonio Conte will leave the club by mutual agreement. The club secured a Champions League spot in Conte’s first season. Thank you to Conte for his contributions and we wish him all the best for the future.”
Cristian Stellini will assume the role of interim head coach for the remainder of the season, along with Ryan Mason as assistant head coach, according to Tottenham’s statement.
Meanwhile, Chairman Daniel Levy has called on players to concentrate all their efforts on helping Tottenham secure a safe finish this season: “We have 10 matches left in the Premier League and we must fight to secure a place in the Champions League.
All members need to come closer together, moving forward together to ensure the highest possible performance for the club and our fantastic, loyal fans.”
We have many sacked football managers this Premier League season. The news of Conte’s sacking had been circulating for some time, following several disagreements between him and the club’s board. There were even rumors that Nagelsmann, former Bayern coach, would take over the hot seat at Tottenham if the Italian manager was sacked.
However, with the above announcement, Tottenham seems to only seek a new permanent head coach after the end of this season. This also makes their chances of reaching the top 4 lower as interim head coach Cristian Stellini has little experience in match management, especially leading a team in the late stages of the season.
Currently, Tottenham’s leadership will have to search for a top-class coach to lead the team in the summer of 2023. Mauricio Pochettino (former Tottenham head coach), Steve Cooper (Nottingham Forest), Roberto De Zerbi (Brighton), Oliver Glasner (Frankfurt), and Luis Enrique (former head coach of the Spanish national team) are becoming the leading candidates to succeed Conte.
Conte led Tottenham since November 2021, replacing Nuno Santo, and helped “The Spurs” secure a spot in the Champions League at the end of the 2021/22 season. However, the situation gradually became out of control in the 2022/23 season. Tottenham is going through its 15th trophyless season and is even facing the risk of falling out of the top 4 of the Premier League due to poor form.
After the 3-3 draw with Southampton on March 19th, Conte directly criticized the mentality of his players in very harsh words: “Tottenham is used to that. The players don’t fight for any important purpose, they don’t want to fight under pressure. That’s always the story with this team.
I no longer see the burning desire in their eyes, in their hearts. I’ve tried to hide the situation up until now, but with only 10 games left in the Premier League, some still think Tottenham can fight. What are they fighting for with this mentality and attitude? 7th, 8th, 10th place?”.
According to statistics, Conte won 41 games, drew 12, and lost 23 in his 76 games as Tottenham’s manager. He also has the second-highest average points per game in the Premier League as a Tottenham manager (1.88 points, only behind Mauricio Pochettino’s 1.89 points).
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