Former West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie has warned Tottenham Hotspur that Antonio Conte could walk away in the summer, thus taking the club back to square one in their rebuilding phase.
The last week and a half have not gone well for Tottenham either on or off the pitch. The club have lost back-to-back matches at home against Southampton and Wolves, which has left them with a mountain to climb in the race for the top four.
Spurs fans will also be concerned with some of what Conte has been saying over the past week, with the Italian admitting that Champions League qualification might not be a realistic objective this season (Sky Sports).
McAvennie believes that Spurs might not be able to attract any decent manager to the club if Conte walks out in the summer.
The pundit told Football Insider: “Tottenham need to be worried about losing Conte. There is already talk of him leaving. People were saying if he isn’t backed in January then he could walk.
“Now it looks like finishing in the top four is going to be a real task. There are so many problems there. They don’t have a good squad there and they haven’t made too many improvements, for me.
“There was a big chance for them to beat two teams last week and move up the table. They didn’t do it because they aren’t good enough.
“If Conte isn’t given assurances that he can significantly strengthen this squad in the summer then he will be gone. Then who do they get? That could ruin Tottenham because we know how many managers turned them down last summer.”
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I believe that Conte will be backed in the summer, which is why I do not see there being any danger of him walking away. I perceive the Italian’s comments this week as an attempt to reduce the pressure on himself and the team, rather than being aimed as a warning to the Spurs hierarchy.
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