Star News Reporter Lee Won-hee | 2023.03.28 11:46
[이원희 스타뉴스 기자] Antonio Conte (54), who left Tottenham in England, left a farewell message.
On the 28th (Korea time), coach Conte uploaded a message expressing his gratitude to the Tottenham club and its fans through his SNS.
“Football is a passion,” he said. “As a coach, I want to express my deep gratitude to all the Tottenham players who recognized my passion and fierce football style,” he said.
He concluded his short greeting, “The journey we were together has come to an end. I hope the future will be full of only good things.”
Tottenham and manager Conte officially announced on the 27th that they had terminated the contract by mutual agreement. In November 2021, I left the team after one year and four months after taking the Tottenham baton.
He built a successful career and that was his first season at the helm. Coach Conte was in charge of Tottenham midway through the season, who dropped to mid-table last term, and lifted them to fourth place. Tottenham also progressed to the European Champions League in three years.
But the atmosphere has changed this season. Tottenham are in 4th place in the league (49 points), but in 5th place Newcastle (47 points) can lose their spot at any time as they have played two games less than Tottenham. They were eliminated in every cup competition, including the FA Cup, the League Cup and the European Champions League.
In addition, before the breakdown, there were even rumors of discord with coach Conte and the players. Coach Conte openly criticized the mental state of the players who missed the win just before the A-game break. Tottenham won 3-1 against Southampton on the 19th, then conceded consecutive goals in the second half to draw 3-3. In this regard, the Tottenham players also expressed their displeasure towards the coach Conte, who gave a public disgrace, and eventually the coach Conte left the team.
With Conte’s departure, assistant coach Christian Stellini will lead Tottenham as interim manager for the rest of the season.
Conte is being linked with Italy’s Juventus, Inter and Spain’s Real Madrid for his next job.
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