Antonio Conte backed to leave Tottenham Hotspur if they don’t secure UEFA Champions League spot this season
Manager Antonio Conte has been backed to leave Tottenham Hotspur by former Middlesbrough midfielder Robin ‘Robbie’ Mustoe if they don’t secure UEFA Champions League football next season.
The Lilywhites are struggling to stay in the top four and a 2-0 loss against Aston Villa has given Liverpool the chance to overtake Spurs in fourth position if they beat Brentford on Monday.
Speaking before Spurs’ terrible home loss against the Villans, Mustoe said on NBC (h/t Daily Mail):
“His contract is up at the end of the season. If he doesn’t get in the top four, you know what he’s like – he blames other people and other things, money and everything else – it feels like this project is going to come to an end.”
“I think we are in the real nitty gritty point right now. Can they find a way to get his real vision in play now or is it still going to be inconsistent?”
Mustoe’s comments were given before kickoff at N17 on 1 January but they are still relevant after the result. If anything, it makes this discussion even more relevant because the result against Villa would have filled fans with pessimism.
The performance wasn’t good. It is as simple as that. Conte looked dejected on the sidelines when the Villans scored their second goal of the game.
Moreover, the former Italy national team manager was also quick to point out after the loss that Spurs needed signings and have to invest big if they aim to compete with the biggest sharks in the ocean of European football.
He has had success at a domestic level with Inter Milan, Juventus, and Chelsea but hasn’t stayed at any of these clubs for too long. His contract at Spurs is up at the end of the season and there are no signs of a renewal as of now.
This is a needlessly anxious period at the club for fans because it seems that the manager and the board are at loggerheads about something. If not, why would Conte not commit longer to the project?
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He hasn’t been perfect but we are running out of proven winners to target and appoint if we want our first trophy since 2008. It’s best to back Conte and see what happens – but on the condition that he remains here beyond the season.