Tottenham managing director Fabio Paratici has suggested that it was the “right decision” for them to part ways with Antonio Conte.
It was suggested in the days leading up to his departure that Spurs had no choice but to part ways with Conte after the Italian hit out at his “selfish” players.
Conte’s former assistant – Cristian Stellini – will take charge of the club until the summer and former Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason will be his assistant.
Paratici has a strong relationship with Conte as they previously worked together at Serie A giants Juventus.
Tottenham‘s managing director has now admitted that this season had been “difficult” for Conte.
“We know how difficult this season was for him personally, Gian Piero (Ventrone) died and (Gianluca) Vialli and then his surgery,” Paratici said in an interview for Tottenham’s official website.
“The Club supported him a lot with it and everyone is close to each other but then we arrive in this mutual agreement, and I think the decision that we made was the right decision for everyone.”
On Stellini’s new role: “So, Cristian managed the team even when Antonio was sick this season and was good.
“He has a lot of experience as a second and he was even first coach in the past, in some years in the past, so then we have even Ryan Mason who can help him a lot; he has been a part of this Club for a long time, and he knows everything about this Club and this kind of group of players.
“So, I think we are really really really confident that these two people can do a very very good job.”
He added: “The players don’t have to change habits and style of training so, to change everything when you have just 10 games to go, I think would be really difficult for to the players to adapt to this kind of situation.”
Paratici was also asked about Tottenham’s plans for next season and he refused to offer hints relating to Conte’s full-time successor.
“We have to be everyone focussed on the last part of the season. We do not speak about other coaches or follow the speculation in the media because it is just speculation. We are focussed, we are now concentrating on helping Cristian and helping the staff, Ryan, the players,” Paratici continued.
“I think, today, we have to be focussed in our squad, in our manager because it is an important moment.”