After the furor of Jose Mourinho’s reign, Tottenham need a stable manager who can ensure longevity, ensure success and bring harmony to the club. Still, Antonio Conte is coming.
The Italian manager has been described as many things throughout his career: fiery, aggressive and a born winner. But a constant of Conte’s are regular fights with those closest to him at the club he manages.
The 51-year-old is in advanced talks with Spurs with the club deeply in crisis. The North Londoners failed to qualify for the Champions League for the second consecutive season, Spurs supporters protest owner Daniel Levy over the Super League saga and talisman Harry Kane has expressed his wish to leave.
Charismatic and passionate Italian boss Antonio Conte moves to Tottenham this year jaar
Betrayed Tottenham owner Daniel Levy is going to take a risk by bringing in the 51-year-old
Still, Levy and the ENIC group pin their hopes on re-picking for a manager where every success is often accompanied by chaos.
Once they pinned their hopes on Mauricio Pochettino – the likeable figure who played attractive football, promoted youth but delivered no results – Mourinho had to be the immediate success mechanism to take the club to the next level. That move failed and Conte was summoned to try the same.
It was almost surprising that there wasn’t more rainfall in Mourinho’s time at Spurs. Only Dele Alli and Harry Winks were banned under the Portuguese coach, who ended up walking out the back door relatively well – it was just the results that weren’t good enough.
Conte (right) becomes Spurs’ first full-time managerial appointment since Jose Mourinho (left)
But under Conte, Tottenham can expect that regardless of success on the pitch, the Italian will get angry, voices will be raised and all old habits will disappear. After all, history shows that Conte’s chaotic style is as regular as clockwork.
The Italian coach had a falling out a few weeks ago, when his mutually agreed departure from Inter Milan shocked the world – just weeks after winning the Nerazzurri’s first Scudetto in 11 years. The reason for the 51-year-old’s dramatic departure was due to the club’s leadership under controversial owner Steven Zhang.
Inter’s financial situation during the coronavirus pandemic has been so dire that a £250m loan from Oaktree Capital has virtually kept them afloat. Hearing that a further £87million was needed from the sale of players in the window, Conte argued and stepped aside.
Conte just won Inter Milan’s first Serie A title in 11 years, but got into a fight with the club and quit
His feud with owner Zhang, who is himself facing protests from fans of both Inter and its separate company Jiangsu Suning in the Chinese Super League, has been going on for a long time.
Despite a fairly good first season in Italy during the 2019-20 season, Conte accused Inter’s Chinese owners of not supporting the club enough.
After missing out on Juventus’ Serie A title by a point last August, Conte ranted: “It’s been a tough year on a personal level, very tough.
“I don’t think the players have seen their work recognised, I don’t think I’ve seen my work recognised, and we all received very little protection from the club.
Conte (left) accused young Inter owner Steve Zhang (right) of not protecting the club enough
“We have to grow and improve in all areas, including off the pitch, and a big club needs to better protect its players. We will discuss it all at the end of the season, I have to meet the president (Steven Zhang) and he is in China now.”
Although this has not been a unique moment in Conte’s career. His departure from Juventus in 2014, which led to a move to the Italian national team shortly after, was strikingly similar.
After Juventus finished seventh in a row – a similar spot to where the Spurs now stand – to three consecutive Serie A titles, the Old Lady’s board revealed that financial concerns meant little was available in the transfer window. Also, Conte got word that Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba would be sold in the coming years to balance the books.
The Italian manager got into a similar fight with Juventus CEO Andrea Agnelli (right) in 2014
Despite a good relationship with Juventus CEO Andrea Agnelli, Conte shouted: ‘I can’t sit in the 100 euro restaurant if I only have 10 euro in my pocket’.
The friendship died instantly and Conte quit. Called in to handle the tight budget, Massimiliano Allegri saw Juventus reach the Champions League final that year, damaging Conte’s credibility with the Turin club.
His relationship with the Juventus players was already tense. In his last year at the club, Conte lashed out at his side when they asked what their league title bonuses were for the final game of the season.
Juventus were on 99 points preparing for the last game of the season against Bari, but Conte threw the book to his players anyway.
Conte also launched an attack on his Juventus players despite winning three titles in a row
According to Alessandro Alciato’s Metodo Conte book, the Italian shouted: ‘I don’t want to hear another word. From you, from all people, I never expected such a thing.
‘Bonuses? You are a disappointment, a defeat from the moment you open your mouth. Just like all the rest of these half-wits.”
It was therefore no surprise that his next title-winning club Chelsea would also have his players criticized despite its success – but the end of Conte’s Stamford Bridge was a more negative turn.
The Italian was the talk of the town as he led the Blues to the Premier League title in his first season. The way he implemented an Italian 3-4-3 formation to take 30 out of 38 wins and improve on standard squad players like Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso saw him single-handedly telling English teams that they can play one back three.
Conte won the league at Chelsea in his first season in 2017, but things quickly turned sour
But the one-year honeymoon at Stamford Bridge quickly turned sour. As soon as the results deteriorated, the same old Conte came out.
The first signs of trouble started when Conte star striker Diego Costa sent a 27-word text message that the Spanish-Brazilian attacker was no longer in his plans. The forward had scored 20 top goals in Conte’s title-winning campaign and his response was furious.
Costa then sent the text to his closest teammates and officials at the club and went public with his frustrations. When the striker was then asked to train with the reserves in pre-season, there was already a cloud of negativity towards Conte from players, fans and pundits by the time the title defense started.
The striker wasn’t the only culprit for Conte’s cold shoulder. The commitment of star winger Eden Hazard was questioned by the Italian during that second season. David Luiz went from center back into the second season and was barely used.
Conte’s (left) end at Chelsea began with Diego Costa’s exile
The final straw seemed to come when, just after Conte led Chelsea to victory in the FA Cup final at Wembley in 2018, the normally cheerful Willian posted an image of the entire Blues squad holding the trophy, but emojis covered Conte’s face.
Despite the behind-the-scenes antics, Conte enjoyed a good relationship with his supporters towards the end of his time at Chelsea.
Blues supporters chanted his name at Wembley during his last public appearances for fans, but the Italian has not always had a generally good relationship with his supporters.
The worst of those relationships came when he was manager of Atalanta in 2010. The Italian was hired to deliver a pointless and pointless start to the season and as the results improved, things turned sour again.
Conte also ran into his own supporters when he was manager of Atalanta in 2010
In January of that year, a 2-0 defeat at home to Napoli caused fans to protest against the team outside the stadium. Supporters accused the squad of not working hard enough and playing for transfers to other teams rather than the club.
Some players tried to reason with the fans, but then Conte came out. After trying to discuss the issues, fans accused the Italian of being a “Juventus s***.” The Atalanta boss tried to fight his own fans, with stewards having to drag him away. Conte resigned shortly after that incident.
As is clear, it hasn’t all been bad in Antonio Conte’s world. The 51-year-old has now won top-level titles at three different clubs and is the most qualified manager the Spurs can take.
But with fans already restless, owner Levy under pressure over a lack of progress at the club and a squad of players still struggling to shake off the slogan ‘Spursy’, this could be another recipe for disaster. can be.