Tottenham Hotspur did the expected after mutually agreeing to part ways with Antonio Conte Sunday evening. The move was expected, but in classic Tottenham fashion it was probably about a week too late after the Italian’s post-match rant at St. Mary’s.
It was a rollercoaster of a ride throughout Conte’s tenure, which was only about 16 months. It is sad to see the Italian go as he lit a fire inside the club after joining in November of 2021.
Who is to blame for the parting of ways?
Many will say that the blame is all on Conte due to his rigid tactics and lack of squad rotation as well as not committing to a new contract with the club.
Others will state the same core of players have outlasted another manager and should therefore shoulder more of the blame. The same group of players that saw Mauricio Pochettino get sacked in late 2019 have seen Jose Mourinho, Nuno Esiprito Santo, and now Antonio Conte leave the club.
Some will state that Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy and the board should take responsibility for this (as well as the ten plus managers that have been sacked during their stewardship) as they have once again failed a top class manager. In fact, Conte and former Spurs manager Mourinho have won silverware at every club they have managed except Spurs.
Who is in charge at Tottenham for the remainder of the season?
In a surprising move, the club announced that Cristian Stellini, Conte’s right-hand man, will be the interim manager until the end of the season. This will give some Tottenham fans hope that Spurs can finish the season on a high, as Stellini has an excellent record when stepping in as the manager. Ryan Mason will be the assistant manager.
This is an interesting move. When a manager gets sacked/leaves a club in football, most of the time the entire coaching staff leaves as well. The only person to leave with Conte was his brother, Gianluca, who was an analyst.
While interesting, it is also confusing. If Spurs are going to part ways with Conte due to his comments about the club and the boring football being played, why not go down a different route and hire someone with a different approach. Although, Stellini may try new formations as Conte is not at the club. This brings forth the notion that, despite the terrible football, Conte was doing what was asked of him by the board, which is securing fourth place as Spurs currently sit fourth in the PL table.