Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that Italian manager Antonio Conte has left the club by mutual agreement.
The 53-year-old was appointed as Spurs boss in 2021, replacing Nuno Espirito Santo, and he led them to fourth place in the Premier League, securing Champions League football.
Newcastle are just two points behind in fifth with two games in hand. Liverpool also have two games in hand in sixth and they are seven points behind Spurs.
“Cristian Stellini will take the team as acting head coach for the remainder of the season, along with Ryan Mason as assistant head coach.”
Tottenham’s search for a new head coach will begin in earnest after Conte’s departure.
Mauricio Pochettino had been the early bookmakers’ favourite to succeed Conte as speculation swirled about the Italian’s future.
However, following his sacking as Bayern Munich boss, Julian Nagelsmann has emerged as favourite to take over at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Oliver Glasner, Luis Enrique, Roberto De Zerbi and Ange Postecoglou have also been linked with the role.
Stellini’s first fixture as acting head coach will come on April 3, when Spurs travel to face Everton in the Premier League.
Tottenham also face Brighton, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Manchester United, Liverpool, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Brentford and Leeds United as they look to consolidate their spot in fourth position.
“The problem is we have shown we are not a team,” Conte said after the game. “We are 11 players. I see selfish players. I see players that don’t want to help each other, don’t play with heart.”
In the press conference he said: “They are used to it here, don’t play for something important.
“They don’t want to play under pressure. They don’t want to play under stress. Tottenham’s story is this. 20 years there is the owner and they never won something. Why?
“The fault is only for the club or for every manager that stays here? I have seen the managers that Tottenham had on the bench.
“You risk to disrupt the figure of the manager and to protect the other situation. In every moment.
“Until now, I tried to hide the situation, but now no because, I repeat, I don’t want to see what I have seen today because this is unacceptable.
“Also for the respect for the fans. They follow us, pay the tickets, and to see the team another time, to have this type of performance, for me, I repeat, this is unacceptable.”
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