Conte was appointed in November 2021, succeeding Nuno Espirito Santo, and managed to secure fourth place in his first season. However, he was never truly content with the club’s ambition and criticized the mentality of his players after the draw against Southampton.
Following Conte’s departure, Cristian Stellini has been appointed as the interim manager until the end of the season, with former Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason as his assistant. Tottenham’s first match under their new caretaker manager will be against Everton on April 3.
It is expected that Tottenham will not rush to appoint a permanent successor to Conte, and the likes of Julian Nagelsmann, Mauricio Pochettino, Marco Silva, Ange Postecoglou, and Roberto De Zerbi have been linked with the job.
Stellini, who also worked with Conte at Inter Milan, has previously taken charge of Tottenham for five games when Conte was recovering from gallbladder surgery. Under his leadership, Tottenham achieved a notable 2-1 win over Marseille in the Champions League and also secured victories over Manchester City and Chelsea.
Conte’s departure comes as Tottenham’s trophy drought continues, with the club failing to win any silverware in over 15 years. They have been knocked out of all the cup competitions this season, with defeats to Sheffield United, Nottingham Forest, and AC Milan.
Despite the disappointment of recent results, Tottenham still has a strong squad, and it will be up to Stellini and Mason to ensure that they finish the season as strongly as possible. With only ten games remaining, there is still a chance that they could secure a top-four finish and Champions League football for next season.
The departure of Conte will undoubtedly be a blow to Tottenham, but it could also provide an opportunity for the club to bring in a manager who shares their long-term vision and can help them to compete for trophies on a consistent basis. It remains to be seen who will be appointed as Conte’s permanent successor, but Tottenham fans will be hoping that the next manager can finally deliver the silverware that has eluded them for so long.