Antonio Conte revolution: The Tottenham boss told the board his anger was at the players
Antonio Conte made it clear to the Tottenham board that his outburst was only aimed at the players and not the owner or chairman.
Business as usual at Tottenham despite Conte’s extraordinary shouting He described his players at Tottenham as “selfish”. After his team missed a two-goal lead over bottom club Southampton.
He also appeared to attack the club’s ownership but it is understandable that Conte’s clarification to the board indicated he asked why only the club and directors were responsible for not winning while the players were given “excuses”.
Quotations that Conte explained with the council …
“The club bears responsibility for the transfer market, every coach who stayed here bears responsibility. And the players? The players? Where are the players?”
“Twenty years there as the owner and they haven’t won anything, but why? The fault is for the club only or for every coach who stays here?”
“You’re looking for an argument, another excuse. You’re trying to find an excuse for the players. Well, you keep doing this, to find an excuse for the players. You’re just doing this! You’re just doing this. Excuses for the players.” They lost spirit, they lost being a team. “Excuses, excuses, excuses. Try to protect them every time.”
The players and staff are currently on a predetermined day off and will return to the training ground on Tuesday, which would have happened regardless of the outcome.
There has been no public reaction from the players in response to Conte’s comments yet, with Christian Romero and Pedro Porro the only two players to have posted on social media since the blast.
Sky Sports Jamie Carragher has said he believes Conte wants to be sacked after the Italian’s deception, while Jamie Redknapp feels the Italian’s position has become untenable.
Conte’s contract with Tottenham expires this summer, and Sky Sports Gary Neville said he would “keep it right in place and make it do its thing”.
Sky Sports News I reported earlier this month Tottenham president Daniel Levy is under great pressure to reappoint Mauricio Pochettino as Spurs coach, with many players and staff calling for the Argentine to return and revitalize the club.
Spurs’ collapse at St Mary’s capped a miserable run as they were eliminated from the FA Cup and Champions League and left them trophy-less since 2008.
Analysis: From the ‘Glory Game’ to the ‘Blame Game’
This should have been a season in which Spurs built on the progress they made last season but it was a disappointing campaign and the latest low point was a 3-1 thrashing of Southampton on Saturday.
This seemed to be the final straw for Conte and he did not hold back in his post-match press conference. But who is really responsible for what happened this season?
lord, Sky Sports News Reporter Michael Bridge He explains this question from three different points of view – Conte, the board and the fans.
Conte got almost everything off his chest in front of the media on Saturday. We’ve seen that before, of course. Conte has a proven track record of speaking his mind to reporters when he was manager of Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Italy.
We got a glimpse of what was to come when he wondered if he was the right man for the job after the 1-0 defeat at Burnley in February last year. He later admitted those comments were meant to challenge the players, but Saturday felt more personal.
The big question is what the club hierarchy will make of his comments. Conte constantly told reporters that he was honest with the board, telling them what needed to be done for the club to take the next big step.
It was clear on Saturday that he is frustrated that his players often appear to be given a free pass when it comes to criticism in the media, but questioning their commitment could prove a dangerous game despite the fact that many Tottenham fans believe there are players in The club is not good enough.
Conte could point to injury problems as part of what went wrong this season. Serious injuries to Hugo Lloris and most importantly Rodrigo Bentancur did not help, but every coach has to put up with the fact that the players are out.
He can also point to the fact that Heung-min Son, last season’s Golden Boot winner, has scored just six times this season.
Harry Kane will always get you goals, but Conte knows a successful team cannot count on just one key player no matter how good he is.
Any review of Conte’s performance this season must acknowledge that it has been a very difficult campaign for him on a personal level. He lost three close friends and had gallbladder surgery.
Only he seems to know if he’s going to sign a new deal, but that seems extremely unlikely at the moment.
Daniel Levy is a big fan of Conte. At the staff Christmas party, his name is mentioned in his speech.
It was all very positive but that feels like a long time ago now.
The board had always been aware that Conte did not like working on long contracts and the common opinion was that they would discuss an extension during this season, a season that promised so much.
Tottenham were third favorites to win the title last summer and deserved to be after such a promising finish to last season – three straight wins including a 3-0 win over Arsenal. Levy has every right to look forward to the next season knowing that he has had one of the most respected and successful coaches in football.
Of course, Levy and the board faced criticism over transfer spending and politics, but they could argue they backed Conte. Richarlison arrived for big money from Everton, Yves Bisoma was a regular at Brighton and Conte wanted Ivan Perisic, but for all you could argue, last summer’s most successful signing was backup goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
For all the money spent, the defense seemed woefully short of quality and when first-choice centre-back targets weren’t available last summer, Clement Lenglet was brought in on loan and failed to impress.
Fans often blame the club’s leadership for the fact that Tottenham won only one trophy during Levy’s tenure, but former coaches – in addition to Conte – are also to blame, especially when it comes to questionable team selection in the semi-finals and finals.
Just when Tottenham fans thought they were heading off for a relaxing two-week break during the international break, suddenly everything became bleak and gloomy again. The club famous for the glory game are playing the blame game again.
It’s amazing to think that Tottenham were seconds away from going into the third half in the Premier League, but the management of the game was woeful when they took a 3-1 lead and a controversial penalty changed all that.
Many fans now believe that finishing in the top four will not be enough to make up for a disappointing and disappointing campaign. You didn’t get a trophy for finishing fourth, and the FA Cup defeat at Sheffield United last month was one of the most important 90 minutes of the season.
Some Tottenham supporters believe Conte was right to speak out on Saturday. They say his criticisms of the players and the management board are long overdue. However, there are also many fans who believe Conte is being paid more than enough to accept responsibility, change formation and get more out of the squad.
One issue that all fans can agree on is that Conte’s contract, which is due to expire this summer, has played a huge part in the uncertainty surrounding the club.
How do you expect to build when the man in charge has no intention of dedicating his future to the club? How do you work summer transfers when no one knows if Conte is staying or going?
Tottenham fans used to jeer Mikel Arteta’s “trust in the process” mantra at the start of his time as Arsenal manager, and now they’re jealous of that very process.
On the day Beyoncé is set to play at what used to be called White Hart Lane, Arsenal could be showing off the Premier League trophy on the road.
Ten months ago, Tottenham beat Arsenal 3-0 at home. This is a very distant memory now.
With the red half of north London going from strength to strength, Daniel Levy & Co have to draw up contingency plans for another rebuild – and their 13th principal in 20 years.