Tottenham have parted ways with coach Antonio Conte after just 16 months
Tottenham Hotspur have been looking for their fourth full-time manager since 2019.
Tottenham parted ways with manager Antonio Conte by mutual consent on Sunday after just 76 games with the club. Cristian Stellini will take his place for the rest of the season.
“We have 10 Premier League games left and we are fighting for a place in the Champions League,” chairman Daniel Levy said in a statement. “We all have to pull together. Everyone has to work hard to ensure the highest possible placement for our club and great, loyal supporters.”
That decision came eight days after Conte called Tottenham players “selfish” who “don’t want to help each other and don’t put their hearts into the game” after Spurs drew 3-3 with Southampton on March 18. Conte had also exploded in ownership for fired managers as frequently – perhaps a hint of his imminent fate becoming a reality
“They’re used to it here,” said Conte. “Don’t play for something important, they don’t want to play under pressure. They don’t want to play under pressure. Tottenham’s story is this. Twenty years there has been owner and they’ve never won anything. They change managers , many managers, but they Situation cannot change, believe me.”
Conte and Spurs also suffered an FA Cup defeat at the hands of Sheffield United and were eliminated from the Champions League with a 1-0 aggregate loss to AC Milan in the Group of 16. Tottenham went 41-23-12 under Conte’s stewardship, including an eight-game unbeaten stretch, to open his tenure at Spurs. He led Tottenham to fourth place in the English Premier League and a place in the Champions League in 2022.