Cristian Stellini: Who Is Tottenham Hotspur’s New Interim Manager?

Cristian Stellini: Who Is Tottenham Hotspur’s New Interim Manager?

Fred Kennedy
March 27, 2023 at 3:32 PM
  • Cristian Stellini took charge of Tottenham Hotspur on an interim basis after the sacking of Antonio Conte
  • Conte was shown the door on Sunday after a fallout with the club's top leadership and players
  • Tottenham have since embarked on a plan to find a permanent replacement for the former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss

Cristian Stellini was appointed Tottenham Hotspur's new interim boss on Sunday, March 26, to replace Antonio Conte, who was sacked.

Conte was fired as Tottenham manager after barely 16 months at the helm of affairs of the north London club.

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Cristian Stellini looks on prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Photo by Clive Rose.
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According to Sky Sports, Spurs parted ways with the experienced Italian boss days after his outburst following the club's draw against basement boys Southampton.

At the time, Conte openly criticised his players for surrendering a 3-1 lead to settle for a 3-3 draw with the relegation-threatened side.

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The former Chelsea boss described Tottenham stars as "selfish" and not wanting to play while under pressure.

Conte's departure ushered a new era at Tottenham, with fellow countryman Stellini taking charge temporarily with the assistance of Ryan Mason.

Who is Christian Stellini?

Born in 1974, Christian Stellini is an Italian football coach and a former player.

Stellini started his playing career with Novara in the Serie C2 and went on to ply his trade with Spal and Ternana.

He made his senior debut in the Serie A with Empoli in 2002 before he moved to Juventus a year later.

However, a major leg injury dealt his Juve spell a major blow, as he played just twice for the Old Lady before he moved to Genoa.

Stellini's coaching career

The former defender transitioned into coaching in 2011 as he joined Antonio Conte's coaching staff at Juventus.

His career took a nosedive in 2012 as he was suspended for two and half years following allegations of match-fixing.

The 48-year-old made a return to football from 2015 to 2017 and was named Alessandria's new head coach in June 2017.

He later joined Conte's coaching staff at Inter Milan before moving with him to Tottenham as his assistant manager.

Stellini's immediate assignment will be helping Tottenham qualify for the Champions League, with the club currently placed fourth in the standings with 49 points.

His first match in charge of the club will be against Everton on Monday night, April 3.

EPL managers likely to exit

Elsewhere, Sports Brief covered an interesting list of Premier League managers who are likely to receive the sack, according to analysed odds.

As per the odds, Conte leads the list of coaches in danger, and that comes as no surprise to many following his recent furious outburst.

Despite coming under fire at the start of the year, Graham Potter has turned the corner at Chelsea and finds himself lower down on the list.

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