Jamie Carragher has stated that Antonio Conte was a “revelation” during his time at Chelsea but he will have a “very difficult” job on his hands at Tottenham.
Conte previously had two years in charge of Chelsea between 2016 and 2018. He won the Premier League and FA Cup during his time at the club.
The Italian has since gone onto win the Serie A title with Inter Milan. He left them earlier this year and he has been out of work since May.
The 52-year-old has been linked with a move to Manchester United but he is now “ready to accept” the Tottenham job.
This comes after Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked by Spurs after just 17 games in charge.
As reported by The Metro, Carragher has said that Santo’s dismissal was something “we all saw coming”:
“It’s not normal and it doesn’t seem right that a manager would lose his job so early into a season,” Carragher said.
“Ten games is nothing at all, but it’s something that we all saw coming.
“I don’t think anybody thought at the time that Nuno got the Tottenham job that it was a perfect fit. I always thought it would be difficult for him to be there next season.
“But I didn’t envisage that it would happen so quickly, but there have been some really bad results along with poor performances and it was something that you expected sooner rather than later.”
The Sky Sports pundit added that Conte will “need more than 18 months” to turn Spurs around:
“From a selfish point of view, I’d love Conte back in the Premier League,’ Carragher added.
“I think he was a revelation first time around, he’s a brilliant character and personality. I’d love to see him back in the Premier League so I hope it does get done.
“I think a manager is going to need more than 18 months to turn Tottenham around.
“And even though I’m a huge admirer of Antonio Conte and how quickly he enjoyed success with Chelsea and every club he’s been at, I think it would be very difficult to replicate that success in 18 months.
“I think he could need another 18 months on top of that to get Tottenham maybe back to where they were under Pochettino where you thought they had a chance of winning trophies, pushing people for the title, Champions League year in, year out.
“I think there’s a lot of work to be done. Do I think Conte can turn it around in 18 months? I think it’ll be difficult even for a man of his character.”