Tottenham told it’s ‘better’ to sack Conte now to end ‘massive disappointment’ and start ‘progress’

Ciaran McCarthy
Antonio Conte, Tottenham, February 2023

Pundit Chris Sutton has told Tottenham it’s “better for all concerned if he goes now” as they’ve been a “massive disappointment” and a change will allow them to “progress”.

Last season represented a step in the right direction for Spurs. Indeed, Conte’s first season in charge started to right the wrongs that the north London outfit had endured over the past couple of seasons.

They’d finished sixth and then seventh in the two seasons prior to the Italian being hired.

In his first season, Conte inspired his side to a fourth-placed finish. For a club who are consistently in and around the top four, that was par – something they’d not experienced of late.

With a good manager at the helm and coming off the back of a decent finish, that could’ve been the catalyst for change. Many expected Spurs would have built upon that first step under Conte.

Currently, though, they’re in the same position they ended last season – fourth. While that’s not bad for now, they’re in danger of being caught by Newcastle United, and Liverpool aren’t far behind them.

What’s more, discontent is creeping in after Conte seemingly felt he was not backed by chairman Daniel Levy.

Comments from the manager have not gone down well with Levy, who is reportedly ‘fuming’. That has led to sack talk being ramped up, something that has been constant of late.

Former top-flight footballer Sutton thinks it would be better for the club to cut ties with Conte immediately.

“It’s better for all concerned if he goes now,” he said on the Monday Night Club.

“Antonio Conte really needs to commit one way or the other and if he says ‘I’m here and happy to sign for another year or two’ then Tottenham can move on but it doesn’t look like he will.

“Therefore if Tottenham want to progress, they are better off making a change now. They have regressed from last season, they have been massively inconsistent.

“They have a good chance of getting fourth but they have been a massive disappointment this season.”

It’s hard to say how much change there has been from last season to now. They finished fourth last season, and they’re currently fourth, though in danger of being overtaken.

The main change has been the souring relationship between the manager and the board. As such, that points to the best course of action being his sacking.

While Sutton thinks that’s the most logical step, he doesn’t feel it will happen immediately.

“I think he [Conte] will see the season out, but I’m just really confused what is going on at Spurs at this moment,” he added.

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