Journalist claims Tottenham have ‘already contacted’ potential Conte successor – ‘he’ll go to England’

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Tottenham to replace Conte Credit: Alamy
Tottenham to replace Conte Credit: Alamy

Antonio Conte has been told that he should “resign” following his angry outburst at his Tottenham Hotspur players over the weekend.

The Italian is out of contract in the summer, but Spurs hold the option to extend his deal for a further year.

The chances of this happening have become increasingly unlikely in recent weeks as Spurs have exited the FA Cup and Champions League in dismal fashion.

Tottenham’s top-four hopes were dealt a blow over the weekend as they surrendered a two-goal lead to draw against Southampton. This result means Newcastle and Liverpool will overtake fourth-placed Spurs if the two clubs win their games in hand.

Conte has not been shy to express his frustration at the club since he took over near the end of 2021. He launched an astonishing attack at his “selfish” players after their draw against Southampton.

It has since been reported that Conte will be sacked ‘this week’ so he will be out of a job before the Premier League returns after the international break.

Italian journalist Tony Damascelli has suggested that Conte must “resign” or Spurs need to dismiss him.

He has also claimed that former Barcelona and Spain manager Luis Enrique has “already been contacted” by Tottenham.

“If you have dignity and you want to follow up on those words, you have to resign. His accusation in the conference, the tone, must lead to only one consequence,” Damascelli told Radio Radio (via Sport Witness).

“If you look at Tottenham’s history, it’s as if you were coming to Lazio who have won only one Scudetto recently. That’s why they hired him, if you let the team bottom of the table draw with you at 3-3, things aren’t right. There are two things: either dismissal or resignation.

“I know that Luis Enrique has already been contacted, there is a good possibility that he will go to England.”

It was suggested earlier this month that Enrique is at the ‘top’ of Tottenham’s managerial shortlist.

A separate report from Ben Jacobs notes that ex-Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is ‘not a leading candidate’.

‘Pochettino is extremely open to a Spurs return and retains a strong professional and personal relationship with Levy. But Levy isn’t the only decision maker, even though his opinion carries huge weight. Fabio Paratici will lead on any appointment and he views Enrique as a strong candidate. Both options would be popular choices amongst the fanbase,’ Jacobs wrote for Caught Offside.

‘Pochettino has taken his time despite receiving lots of offers since leaving PSG. He was under consideration from Chelsea, even though Graham Potter was always the leading candidate. But he was not entirely sold on the vision. If Poch is to go back to Spurs, he’ll want to understand the dynamic between himself and Paratici first.

‘My understanding has always been Thomas Tuchel is not a leading candidate. He is obviously a top coach, but not seen as quite the right fit by the senior leadership team at Spurs. And after Conte’s outbursts, finding the right type of personality, not just coach, may well prove important.

‘Brentford’s Thomas Frank and Fulham’s Marco Silva could also be considered.’

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