Antonio Conte: Five Reasons Italian Manager Will Struggle to Get a Top Job After Tottenham Sacking

Antonio Conte: Five Reasons Italian Manager Will Struggle to Get a Top Job After Tottenham Sacking

Elijah Odetokun
March 27, 2023 at 2:14 PM
  • Antonio Conte was relieved of his duties at Tottenham by mutual consent last night
  • The Italian had an emotional outburst after the last game before the international break
  • His assistant Cristian Stellini will stand in as interim boss until the end of the season

Tottenham parted ways with Antonio Conte last night after his emotional outburst following the 3-3 draw against Southampton, a match Spurs surrendered a 3-1 lead with less than 10 minutes to go.

The Italian literally begged for the sack as he failed to return to England after spending his two days off in Italy, leaving his assistants, Cristian Stellini and Ryan Mason in charge of training.

Antonio Conte, Tottenham, St Mary's Stadium.
Antonio Conte looking dejected in his final game in charge of Tottenham. Photo by Tottenham Hotspur.
Source: Getty Images

Sports Brief considers five reasons the Italian could struggle to land top jobs again following his unsavoury departure from North London.

1. Press conference antics

Antonio Conte is fearless when it comes to giving speeches. He has a reputation for clashing with players and boards of clubs he has managed, a trait which dates back to his early days in management.

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He left Bari, Juventus, Chelsea, Inter Milan and most recently, Tottenham on a sour note after clashing with the club's board and fans due to his unbridled remarks.

2. European pedigree

Conte has won five topflight titles with Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan, but he has a horrible record in the UEFA Champions League. His last win in the knockout stages was in 2013, when he helped Juventus reach the quarter-final, his best outing, according to Khel Now.

He also helped Inter reach the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League final, which he lost to Sevilla 3-2, the same year he won the Scudetto with Nerazzurri.

3. Transfer activity

According to Sky Sports, he spent £192m on transfers during his 14 months stay at Tottenham, the highest in a single window in the club's history. He is not one to the manage a team in transition or a team without a bottomless purse.

4. High wage demands

As reported by Evening Standard, the Italian was on £15m per year at Tottenham, the third highest in the league behind Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp. This could scare potential suitors off, with Italian clubs reported to be interested.

5. Italian affinity

Conte has managed some of the top clubs in Italy and could manage more, but his admission that he would not stay long abroad as he is homesick during his time at Chelsea, as reported by India Today, would send top foreign clubs away from him.

Mourinho fared better than Conte

Sports Brief earlier reported that Jose Mourinho fared better than Conte when the Special One was in a similar situation to his Italian counterpart at Tottenham.

The Portuguese, instead of lashing out at every element of the club, praised the owner's work and vowed to help end the trophy drought, which, unfortunately, he was not allowed to do.

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