Antonio Conte LEAVES Tottenham by mutual consent
Tottenham announced that they have reached an agreement to part ways with coach Antonio Conte. Assistant coach Cristian Stellini will become the interim head coach of Tottenham.
After controversy over his criticism of players in a match nearly ten days ago, Antonio Conte could not continue working at Tottenham. Early this morning (Vietnam time), the London team announced their separation from the Italian strategist.
On the Tottenham website, it was stated, “We can announce that head coach Antonio Conte has left the Club by mutual consent. We secured a place in the Champions League in Conte’s first season at the Club. We thank Conte for his contribution and wish him well for the future.
Cristian Stellini will take on the role of interim head coach for the remainder of the season, along with Ryan Mason as assistant head coach.”
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy shared, “We have 10 games left in the Premier League and we must fight for a place in the Champions League. We all need to pull together. Everyone must step up to ensure the best possible results for the Club and our loyal supporters.”
After Tottenham’s 3-3 draw with Southampton in the 28th round of the Premier League on March 18, Conte was extremely angry with his players as they led 3-1 but allowed the opposition to score two goals in the last 15 minutes of the match and win back a point. Conte bluntly criticized the Tottenham players as “selfish” and “unwilling to play under pressure to win titles.”
Conte’s remarks exposed major conflicts between the Italian manager and Tottenham players, which were unsolvable and forced the club’s leadership to take action.
The period when clubs take a break for national team matches is seen as an opportunity for Tottenham to change coaches. Conte seemed to realize this when he quickly packed his bags and returned to Italy after his controversial remarks, without making any training plans for players who were not called up for the national team to stay at Tottenham.
There were rumors that Tottenham was approaching Julian Nagelsmann, former coach of Bayern Munich. However, the London team has decided to trust assistant coach Cristian Stellini for the remainder of this season. Stellini previously led Tottenham during Conte’s sick leave earlier this year, and his outstanding achievement was to help Tottenham defeat Manchester City.
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