Antonio Conte’s status as the Tottenham manager appears to be hanging in the balance as the club steps up its search for a replacement.
Following Spurs’ 3-3 draw at Southampton – where they blew a 3-1 lead – Conte launched an explosive rant. He called his squad a group of “selfish players”, while suggesting that the club is used to underachieving.
Conte also hinted that Spurs’ ownership has impacted their lack of trophies.
Unsurprisingly, this has caused a conflict between the manager and Tottenham. Club chairman Daniel Levy is, therefore, weighing up whether or not to sack Antonio Conte. Numerous papers claim that this could happen during the international break.
The club has a number of candidates in mind to take over from the Italian.
Former Tottenham manager could make return to the club
Mauricio Pochettino could make a sensational return to Tottenham if Antonio Conte leaves North London. The Argentine left Spurs in 2019, just months after guiding them to a Champions League Final.
Since leaving the club, Pochettino had an ill-fated spell as manager of PSG. Despite winning Ligue 1, the Parisians parted ways with him due to failure in the Champions League.
Now, though, Pochettino could come back to his old club. Per The Express, he would be willing to take the managerial spot at Spurs straight away. However, Pochettino is also relaxed about deciding his coaching future. He thus may wait until the summer to see if there are other offers on the table.
Should Tottenham look elsewhere, they have manager options from Europe in mind.
Former Spain boss on Spurs shortlist
A few weeks ago, The Athletic reported that Luis Enrique is a prime candidate to enter the Tottenham dugout.
A Champions League winner with Barcelona, Enrique last coached the Spain national team. After starting remarkably at the 2022 World Cup with a 7-0 win over Costa Rica, his squad’s tournament fizzled out.
Spain eventually suffered a brutal penalty shootout defeat to Morocco in the knockout stage. This loss also saw the end of Enrique’s tenure as the national team’s head coach.
If he arrives in North London, Enrique will bring a massive overhaul from a tactical sense. He champions a possession-based, 4-3-3 system – completely different from Tottenham’s three-back formation. While arguably more visually appealing, it will be a big change that may not see immediate results.
Alternatively, Daniel Levy has reportedly contacted Frankfurt’s Oliver Glasner. The Austrian has a strong record having guided the German side to Europa League glory in 2021/22.
In addition, he has established Frankfurt as a top-six Bundesliga outfit.
Glasner’s contract expires in 2024, meaning that he may be open to a switch as well.
Whomever Tottenham have as their manager for the rest of this season does not face an easy task. The club is already eliminated from all Cup competitions, meaning silverware is out of the question.
This just leaves the league, where Spurs need to finish in the top four to qualify for the Champions League. Currently, Antonio Conte has managed to keep Tottenham in fourth place. However, the likes of Newcastle, Brighton, and Liverpool are all rapidly closing the gap to them.
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