Neil Ruddock has questioned Tottenham’s appointment of Antonio Conte and is not convinced the Italian will want to exert himself in what is expected to be a big challenge at the club. 

Spurs appointed Conte over three weeks ago in place of Nuno Espirito Santo and are banking on the former Chelsea boss to turn the club’s fortunes around following a turbulent campaign so far. 

The move has raised eyebrows across the Premier League, with plenty praising the ambition of Spurs chiefs Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici for recruiting a manager with such a demonstrated track record of success. 

However, the appointment has not had much influence on former Spurs defender Ruddock, who despite calling the coup ‘magnificent’, is not convinced Conte is the right man to lead the side forward with such a big rebuild job on the horizon. 

Speaking on the All To Play For podcast, Ruddock said: “It’s not only the manager. It’s the backroom staff. Magnificent (coup), but I just don’t know. I think it’s the same old, same old managers. 

“These Contes and these other managers that keep going. Has he still got it? Does he really want to do that much? Does he want to go that far like a Mourinho?

“I think Mourinho lost it. The Pellegrini that went to West Ham. They have had their (moment). If he goes too hard is he going to go that extra?”

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Conte has such a good pedigree in the game, and his stocks are high at present too. Spurs should feel lucky to have him, so right now it is a case of trusting him and letting him get on with turning the side around. 

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