Since then Tottenham Hotspur They finished their new stadium and arrived at Champions League Finally, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has been obsessed with attracting a top manager to lead the club into a glorious new era. After Jose Mourinho’s attack at White Hart Lane, it was thought Antonio Conte might be that person, only to see him walk away from negotiations, leading to a failed succession process that eventually led to the appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo.
Now, Levi finally got his leg up. The club officially announced today the appointment of Conte as head coach of Tottenham Hotspur, on an 18-month contract that runs until the end of the 2023 season.
✍️ We are pleased to announce the appointment of Antonio Conte as our coach on a contract until the summer of 2023, with an option to extend.
– Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 2, 2021
In the club statement, Conte spoke of his happiness to be back in football and the fact that he was not appointed as Spurs coach last summer.
“I am very happy to be back in training, and to do so at a Premier League club that aspires to be champions again.
“Tottenham Hotspur has state-of-the-art facilities and one of the best stadiums in the world.
“I can’t wait to get started to pass on to the team and the fans the passion, mindset and determination that have always characterized me as a player and as a coach.
“Our union did not happen last summer because the end of my relationship with Inter was still very recent and very emotionally involved with the end of the season, so I felt it was not the time to return to training.
“But the infectious enthusiasm and determination of Daniel Levy in wanting to entrust me with this task has already hit the mark. Now that the opportunity is back, I choose to seize it with great conviction.”
In the hours following Nuno’s sacking, several reports from Italy indicated that, unlike this summer, Tottenham are now ready to fully support Conte financially in order to complete the “painful rebuilding” hinted at by Mauricio Pochettino. We’ll see how much of that comes out when you open the window. For now, Conte will have to work with the players at his disposal.
And they are good players! While Nuno’s Tottenham defense improved under Nuno, one criticism of Nuno’s tactics was the lack of a coherent plan to move the ball from the defense to the attackers. It seems likely that we should see something very different on the pitch compared to four months ago from Nonupal. With behind the clubs Liverpool And Manchester Stuttering, the race for the top four is wide open. Conte knows how to win. Why not do it here?
Conte is known as a manager with a fiery disposition who demands what he wants and expects to have the full support of his employers, as well as one who is not afraid to walk away if he feels he is not getting what he needs to be successful. That would likely put him on a collision course with Levi, who had a reputation for being stingy and realist. This may be the reason for the initial short contract – only 18 months – and worryingly, this could be like mixing oil and water. If things don’t work out, once again, between the manager and the players or the club’s management, it could hamper Spurs more than a return to the competition for titles and Premier League titles.
So that’s a pretty big roll of the dice. However, the upside is huge. Conte wins things, and rarely leaves clubs worse off than he found them. We will have more on Conte’s tactics and what we might expect from him in due course. Meanwhile, Spurs’ roller coaster is currently racing on an upward slope.
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