Antonio Conte's Odds: What will happen to the Italian following his bombshell quotes?
Well well well, we’re back again, it seems that yet another elite manager has been well and truly broken by Tottenham Hotspur.
It’s 14 years to the day since Spurs last won a trophy, a stat which many thought would be coming to an end some time soon under current manager, Antonio Conte. But last night’s unbelievable quotes have thrown the spanner well and truly in the works.
On a run of three league defeats in a row, Conte provided a masterclass in the only way he knows how, leading Spurs to a stunning 3-2 win away at Premier League champions and leaders Man City at the weekend. The complacent among us (myself included) would have been forgiven to thinking that this was finally the turning of the corner that Tottenham fans have been craving for.
But then, Spursy happened. A 1-0 loss away at relegation candidates Burnley last night seemed bad enough, until their Italian head coach came out and said this…
To summarise, Conte said the following:
"I need to talk to the club. Tottenham have to make an assessment about the club, about me. We need to find the best solution. I can't accept to keep losing. I'm sorry.”
“Here coaches change, but players are always the same... but results don't change. “Maybe I'm not so good. Tottenham called me to change things - but I'm too honest. We are doing everything to change situation but it's not enough.”
“Four defeats out of five is not good enough. This doesn't happen to me”.
That was enough to set social media alight, with some in the journalistic world even believing that Conte could walk…
This talk from Conte also had a huge impact on several markets, with Conte flying in from 10/1 to become the clear favourite at 7/4 to be the next Premier League manager to leave. Something that seemed unthinkable at the weekend after his celebrations against Man City…
So if Conte does decide to walk/be pushed out, where would he go next? There’d surely be no shortage of suitors for the revered Italian. One club that Conte’s long been linked to is of course Manchester United. Former players and fans alike were clambering for him to be brought in last year when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got the boot, with many thinking his mindset would be the exact one needed to set the club on the right path again.
Following his quotes last night, the Spurs boss has come into 15/2 to take over at Old Trafford next season, a huge drop from his previously priced 40/1 just weeks ago.
Should Conte stay or go? Let us know what you think.