If Antonio Conte is still Tottenham Hotspur manager after the international break, it will be a miracle. Especially when you consider how very hard he is trying to get sacked.
Antonio Conte is a bad loser who was already inclined towards outbursts of emotion. The former Inter and Chelsea coach has had a torrid year personally, navigating grief as well as illness.
On the pitch, his Spurs side has failed to progress and all that came to a boiling point after they blew a 3 – 1 lead to draw 3 – 3 at Southampton on Saturday.
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Antonio Conte ranted and raved in two separate interviews about the players, the chairman and anything else he can think of.
“They don’t play for something important,” Conte said about his players. “They don’t want to play under pressure, they don’t want to play under stress.
“It is easy this way. Tottenham’s story is this. For 20 years there is the owner but they never won something. But why? The fault is only for the club, or for every manager that stays here?”
He’s effectively made his position untenable. This was always going to happen because Conte considers himself above teams like Spurs, he thinks himself a champion. It is incompatible with his sense of self to not be at the top of the game.
Now Spurs are out of the Champions League, Conte clearly feels there’s nothing more he can do.
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His personal difficulties this season must be considered in, but not be the main factor in analyzing Conte. Arguing with his employers when he loses motivation and getting sacked is page two of his playbook (page one being play experienced wingbacks).
For Spurs, this is the second consecutive glamour coach to come in, underwhelm, and then say ‘well, Tottenham have always been crap.’ Mauricio Pochettino is the most heavily rumored manager to come in, but the return of the prodigal son won’t magically make Harry Kane and Heung-min Son 25 years old again. It is a pivotal Summer ahead at White Hart Lane.