Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a potential boost in their pursuit of one mooted managerial target if emerging reports are to be believed…
According to FCInterNews, Antonio Conte could be forced to sensationally quit Inter Milan amid the club’s increasingly worrying financial situation.
It’s claimed that chairman Steven Zhang has requested pay cuts for the playing squad, coaching staff and club employees.
Earlier this week, the 51-year-old’s press conference was cancelled ahead of their Serie A clash with AS Roma due to the speculation about his future and to avoid spreading rumours about off-the-pitch matters.
As a result, Conte’s future at the San Siro has been thrown into doubt, opening the door for Spurs, who were linked to the Italian last week via Corriere dello Sport, to strike.
The North London outfit have been linked to several names since Jose Mourinho was sacked nearly a month ago, though many appear to be out of the running, leaving the likes of Graham Potter and Scott Parker among the front-runners.
Spurs’ former midfielder would be an interesting option in the dugout, even if he has seen his Fulham side relegated this season but if Conte is truly going to be available, then his stature eclipses most of the likely candidates.
Daniel Levy has to get this appointment spot on.
Many were against Jose Mourinho from the get-go and recent developments over the European Super League and further cup final heartache have led to supporters baying for blood. They recently protested against the chairman, as well as the ENIC group, who are the majority shareholders of the club.
To get them back on side, the tough negotiator must turn to Conte – he’s picked up Mourinho’s mess before.
The ‘Special One’ left Chelsea in peril before they recorded their worst-ever finish since 1996.
In came the 51-year-old, who clinched the Premier League title in his very first season and then the FA Cup the following year.
He has since added a ninth major triumph to his trophy cabinet, clinching the Serie A title with Inter this campaign – their first in 11 years.
There are some similarities here with Spurs as the North Londoners have not tasted glory since 2008, so perhaps Conte can be the man to turn things around, as he did at Stamford Bridge and now in Milan.
Conte has left a lasting impression on some of the game’s greats, too. Back in 2018, Man City boss Pep Guardiola lauded his former nemesis for his impact in England.
“Tactically he is a master, he did it amazingly with Italy and when he went to Turin (with Juventus), he said, “I think Conte is going to leave, going to give something to English football. I’m sure of that.”
Conte’s 63% win rate at Inter is another encouraging factor, seeing as Mourinho was axed for winning 52% of his matches at Spurs, and according to Javier Zanetti, the former Chelsea man “brought a top-notch working culture” to the club, as per Ansa (via CultofCalcio).
If Levy wants to get back in the good books, then he should look to hire Conte over someone like Parker.