Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will gauge opinion before making a final decision on whether or not to sack Antonio Conte before the end of the campaign, according to reports. The Italian head coach is widely expected to leave north London at some point before the start of next season, with his contract set to expire in the summer as things stand.
There is no indication that Conte is willing to consider the possibility of signing extended terms at Tottenham as of yet, while the club have not shown a firm desire to keep him at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium beyond the expiry of his current deal. Their working relationship also seems to have soured beyond repair, with Conte having launched a stunning verbal assault on his players following Saturday’s draw at Southampton.
Tottenham’s decision-makers are now mulling over whether or not to relieve Conte of his duties before the expiry of his contract, with Levy set to gauge opinion before settling on his final decision, according to the Daily Mail. It is said that crisis talks were held on Saturday night in order to discuss Conte’s post-match comments at Southampton, although the 53-year-old is said to have insisted that his tirade was aimed solely at his players and not the board.
Levy is reportedly preparing to speak to his most trusted confidantes next week as he continues to weigh up Conte’s immediate future, although he is under no immediate pressure to make a firm call as Tottenham do not play again until next month. It remains to be seen how the situation will eventually play out over the coming days, with Conte not expected to remain at Spurs for much longer in any case regardless of what Levy decides.
A number of players have said to have grown frustrated with Conte’s manner and intensity and believe that the negativity he often conveys in public is affecting team morale, which could threaten to derail Tottenham’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League between now and the end of the campaign. Former Wales skipper Ashley Williams recently claimed that Conte’s players are unlikely to have taken kindly to his scathing rant on Saturday evening and questioned the Italian’s tendency to blame others while overlooking his own shortcomings.
“It would be interesting to know the conversation in the dressing room,” said Williams on Match of the Day. “Did he say the same to the players’ faces or come out afterwards?