Glenn Hoddle believes that Tottenham Hotspur should stick with Antonio Conte until the end of the season after the north Londoners failed to beat Southampton earlier this afternoon.

Tottenham were 3-1 ahead against the side bottom of the Premier League table and once again capitulated to allow the Saints back into the match and secure a late 3-3 draw to seriously dent any hopes of a top four finish.

A victory for Spurs would have moved them up to third above Manchester United for the time being, but with Newcastle United having won at Nottingham Forest in dramatic fashion last night, there is now a serious risk that they could now miss out on qualifying for European football’s most prestigious club competition.

Despite believing that Conte will not be at the club next season, Hoddle thinks that the Italian is still Tottenham’s best hope of a top four place.

When asked on BT Sport’s Final Score on whether there is any point in Conte remaining in his post, Hoddle said: I think he will leave, yes at the end of the season but I don’t see any advantage at this moment in time in getting anyone in.  It would have to be for the long term.”

When questioned by Chris Sutton on why he would stick with Conte despite the fact he is likely to leave, he added: “I think they have to look at the long term at the end of the season. If they bring somebody in now it may just not work.

Antonio Conte

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“This group of players, they have some good players, Tottenham but he has done miracles to get them into the top four and keep them in the top four this season.  If they play the open football that I think a lot of the Spurs fans are asking for, this team would be eighth in the league.  

“I can tell you that now, so he has done a really good job on a professional point of view.  It is not the way that Spurs fans want to see the game played.  Daniel Levy will be looking at what I need to be for the top four and he is going to give us the best chance.  We’ll deal with next year, next year.”

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