Tottenham Hotspur announce decision to part ways with Conte
Italian manager leaves club by mutual consent
English Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur announced that they have reached an agreement with their Italian manager Antonio Conte to terminate his contract with the club. Both parties decided to end what had become an increasingly difficult relationship, which reached a head following Conte’s outburst last weekend.
Tottenham Hotspur employed Conte, who won the Premier League title with Chelsea in 2017, in November 2021 as they looked to secure a top four finish in the 2021-22 season. The Italian manager took to the league like he never left and secured top four for the team in style, beating rivals Arsenal along the way. He joined the club on an initial 18-month deal that would take him to the end of the 2022-23 season at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The 2022-23 season has not gone to plan for Spurs despite the club making a number of signings before the start of the season. The club made its best-ever start to a Premier League season before their form dipped badly following the turn of the year as the players returned from the FIFA World Cup. Tottenham struggled for most of their games and were subsequently knocked out of the Champions League by AC Milan at the Round of 16 stage, and the FA Cup by Championship side Sheffield United.
Conte was seemingly criticised publicly by Brazilian star Richarlison, who has scored only twice for the club since his summer switch from Everton. The manager then irreparably damaged his relationship with the club and its hierarchy after a rant following their 2-2 draw against Southampton last weekend. The side had lost a two-goal lead against the league’s bottom side.
With only two months left on his contract, Conte exits the scene at Tottenham Hotspur with bad blood, similar to how he left Chelsea and Inter Milan. The Italian’s assistant, Cristian Stellini, and Ryan Mason will take charge of the squad for the remainder of the season.