Antonio Conte: Where It All Went Wrong for Tottenham Hotspur Boss As He Flies Out

Antonio Conte: Where It All Went Wrong for Tottenham Hotspur Boss As He Flies Out

Martin Moses
March 21, 2023 at 8:18 AM
  • Tottenham are set to change managers again after Antonio Conte's explosive comments
  • Conte lashed out at his players following their draw against Southampton on Saturday
  • Sports Brief looks at how a manager as successful as Conte failed to change Spurs' situation

Antonio Conte's time at Tottenham Hotspur is believed to be up.

Reports from England indicate that club CEO, Daniel Levy is set to crack the whip on the Italian after his weekend outburst following the three-all draw at Southampton.

A video of Conte on a RyanAir flight is circulating online, though it remains unclear what the date the video was taken on and Spurs are yet to make any announcement about his future.

In his post-match reflections, Conte sounded like someone begging to be sacked and in Jamie Carragher's words, begging to be put out of his misery.

After a major summer overhaul that saw at least five new big players arrive, fans and pundits alike knew that Spurs was going to cause trouble this season.

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Conte might have struggled in European competitions but the domestic cups have always been his forte and thus, expectations were rife that this might be the season the trophy drought will end.

However, after their Champions League elimination by AC Milan, it is highly unlikely the drought will end this year. To make it worse, their North London rivals, Arsenal are on course to winning the Premier League, barring any major misfortunes.

So how did Conte, a coach of high repute and standards, get himself here?

Levy has hired and sacked managers, but perhaps it is time he listens to what the managers say about the club's culture and players.

Spurs and a squad overhaul

Jose Mourinho is on record slamming the existing structures of the club. The current Spurs squad needs a bigger overhaul than the one Conte undertook in the summer.

Only Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, Richarlison, Dejan Kulusevski, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Christian Romero (despite his dangerous tackles) need to remain at the club.

The rest, led by captain, Hugo Lloris need to find other clubs. But a shake-up of such magnitude can't happen overnight.

Conte was very particular after the Southampton stalemate that his players were playing for something else.

Antonio Conte, Tottenham Hotpsur
Embattled Tottenham boss, Antonio Conte. Photo by Andrew Matthews.
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Levy hasn't been quite a big spender but Conte made him dig deep into his pockets. Such gradual and efficient spending over some few transfer windows might help Spurs dig themselves out of this hole.

But on the flip side, Conte hasn't done himself any favours either. Known for his defensive rigidity, the Italian has failed to inspire his team at the back.

He has no settled full-backs in his preferred back three, with Emerson Royal, Matt Doherty (before he left), Ivan Perisic, and Ben Davies all being used interchangeably. The January arrival of Pedro Porro is seen as a long-term option.

Kane the only firing forward

Conte has also failed to capitalise on the chemistry between Kane and Son. For someone who won the Golden Boot last season, Son's lofty standards have significantly dipped.

Richarlison is also yet to come good on his hefty price tag, with the Brazilian openly blasting his manager.

Kane has been class as always but there is only so much a man can do.

Conte's rants to the media have also not helped. It has been reported in some quarters that after a disappointing result, he never talks to the players and lets them get his reactions from the media.

This approach, for a club expected to be competing for the title this season, has failed to work.

Conte's health complications

It should also be noted that the former Chelsea boss hasn't been up to full speed after he underwent surgery to remove his gall bladder, Football London reported.

Whether he goes or stays, the fact remains that Conte has done little to bridge the gap between Spurs and the other top-six clubs.

Tottenham remains a club without a clear identity and plan and at this point, Mauricio Pochettino remains the best coach of the Levy era.

Spurs set to lose Kane

At the same time, Tottenham are resigned to losing Harry Kane at the end of the season and have set a huge asking price, amid interest from Manchester United and clubs elsewhere in Europe.

Sports Brief has reported the England captain is the club's all-time top scorer but is yet to win a trophy in his career, which had fuelled his desire to leave so as not to end his career trophy-less.

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