Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has announced the departure of Antonio Conte as the manager of the team. This comes after Conte’s angry outburst towards the club’s owner, Daniel Levy, and their poor trophy record. Despite being appointed as Spurs’ boss in November 2021, Conte’s contract was due to expire at the end of the current season. However, the decision has been taken to part ways before the 2022-23 campaign comes to a close.
Conte expressed his frustrations after a 3-3 draw with Southampton on March 18, claiming that the team lacked cohesion and was not working together. He criticized the players for being selfish and not putting their hearts into the game. He also suggested that the club’s trophy drought was not the fault of any particular manager, but rather a club-wide issue.
Tottenham released an official statement on Sunday, stating that Conte had left the club by mutual agreement. The statement acknowledged the team’s achievement of Champions League qualification in Conte’s first season, thanking him for his contribution and wishing him well for the future. Cristian Stellini will take over as Acting Head Coach for the remainder of the season, with Ryan Mason serving as Assistant Head Coach.
Conte managed Spurs for a total of 76 games, securing 41 victories and suffering 23 defeats along the way. He was able to guide the team to a top-four finish last season, securing qualification for the Champions League. However, he was not able to bring the team’s 15-year wait for major silverware to a close.
Stellini, who previously served as an assistant coach under Conte, will take over as Acting Head Coach. He will be back on the touchline when Spurs resume their season away at Everton on April 3. Tottenham will be hoping that the change in leadership will help the team regain its focus and finish the season strongly.