It has been a rocky few weeks in N17 following the return of the Premier League following the World Cup break with the Lilywhites having only picked up one point from their games against Brentford and Aston Villa.
However, Spurs did manage to get their first win on the board of the new year on Wednesday night with a sensational second-half display against Crystal Palace which saw Conte’s men sail to a 4-0 away win.
Speaking to FootballFanCast before the game in south London on Wednesday, O’Rourke claimed he fully expects the Italian to remain in north London until at least the end of the season:
“I’d be very surprised if something did happen with Antonio Conte. I think he will definitely be there until the end of the season. And that’s when his contract is up. So all focus will be on whether he signs a new contract or not with talks ongoing with Tottenham right now.”
Spurs fans will have been delighted to see three points added to the board on Wednesday night and an impressive display in the second half after what was becoming a bit of a mess at Hotspur Way.
There is no doubt the two results against Brentford and Villa will have frustrated Conte, however, the Italian certainly didn’t make any attempts to diffuse the situation with some of his comments in the fallout from the games:
Now my task – I understood it very well – is to help the club go in the right direction about the choices of the players, about the work, to organise and to create a foundation,” he said.
“This is my big challenge here. If I want to stay here, then I have to accept this. Otherwise, if I don’t want to accept this, then I have to go.”
The Italian’s contract is set to expire at the end of the current campaign having only signed an 18-month deal when he joined in November 2021.
However, there is a belief that Spurs had held talks over the winter break over a potential contract extension and the initial optimism of a possible extension are believed to have slightly lessened.
With comments on the club’s ambition shown during transfer windows one of Conte’s key tactics, it does seem as if what Spurs may do in the January window could play a big role in where the Italian sees his future.
But there is a seriously tough month ahead of Tottenham with two games against Manchester City, a north London derby and an away trip to AC Milan all to contend with – a lot could change on the back of those games.