Conte Admits Job Insecurity After Spurs’ Champions League Exit
Antonio Conte has refused to speculate about his future at Tottenham Hotspur, admitting that failure in Europe could lead to him being sacked. Spurs were knocked out of the Champions League in the last-16 stage after losing 1-0 on aggregate to Italian giants AC Milan, guaranteeing that the club will go another season without major silverware.
Despite being on the bench for the second-leg clash with Milan, Conte was unable to motivate his players to victory, with his contract set to expire in the summer and no extension yet agreed.
Conte told Amazon Prime after Spurs were held to a 0-0 draw by Milan at home, a game in which Cristian Romero was sent off reducing the team to ten men.
“I’m under contract at Tottenham, then we will decide at the end of the season with the club. My contract expires in June, we will see they might sack me even before the end of the season. Perhaps the expectations were higher and they may be disappointed. What matters for a coach is trying to work and raise the bar. This year we are struggling to raise the bar.”
The former Juventus and Chelsea manager went on to say:
“I have a great relationship with my chairman, but that doesn’t mean I don’t tell them what my vision is. We will see. We have to finish the season. We have a contract until June. I’m happy to work at Tottenham, but in the end, I will make a decision. The club knows my vision and my thoughts about the situation.”
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Despite his successful track record as a coach, Antonio Conte has only managed to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League once in six attempts, during his tenure at Juventus in 2013.
WHAT NEXT? Following Tottenham’s elimination from Europe, the team’s focus will shift to securing a top-four finish in the Premier League. Their next match will be at home against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.