Tottenham fire manager Antonio Conte after public criticism of players and club hierarchy. What's next for Spurs as they strive for a top-four finish?
|Antonio Conte has been fired by Tottenham Hotspur, where does he go from here? (Photo credit: GOAL)|
Tottenham Hotspur fired Italian manager Antonio Conte late on Sunday after he got angry while facing the media after his team blew a 3-1 lead against Southampton and only got one point. This was right before halftime.
Conte granted an interview shortly after the game where he threw the players and the club hierarchy under the bus, and one could tell that the end of his reign at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was just a matter of time.
"Tottenham's story is this: for 20 years there has been this owner and they have never won something. Why?" Conte said. "The fault is only for the club, or for every manager that stays here? I have seen the managers that Tottenham had on the bench. You risk disrupting the figure of the manager and protecting the other situation in every moment.
"Until now I tried to hide the situation, but not now because, I repeat, I don't want to see what I have seen today because this is unacceptable and also unacceptable for the fans."
He continued: "We are 11 players that go onto the pitch. I see selfish players; I see players that don't want to help each other and don't put their hearts into it."
In a club statement on Sunday, Daniel Levy announced the club has parted ways with the Italian and now wants everyone to work together to achieve the main goal before them, which is to finish in Champions League places.
Tottenham currently sits in fourth place on the table, two points clear of Newcastle.
But the Magpies have two games in hand, and Spurs will resume action without Antonio Conte on the 3rd of April away at relegation-threatened Everton.
Mauricio Pochettino has been rumoured to be interested in returning to Spurs, but it’s left to be seen if Daniel Levy would rehire the man he showed the exit door to in 2019.
The end has come to the reigns of Conte, but where do Spurs go from here?
Quotes from ESPN was used in this article