‘I had a good relationship’ – Conte disappointed at Steve Hitchen resignation

Antonio Conte has now given his reaction to Steve Hitchen’s resignation from Tottenham, claiming he has a good relationship with the technical performance director.

It was revealed earlier this week that Hitchen would be stepping down from his role after almost five years at Tottenham (Telegraph).

The Telegraph reported on Wednesday that Hitchen had chosen to resign because he was frustrated at his diminished role since managing director of football, Fabio Paratici, joined.

Hitchen reportedly sent a heartfelt email to staff at Spurs following his decision, explaining why he was choosing to leave (Football.London).

The Athletic also reported that Fabio Paratici himself was disappointed by Hitchen’s resignation as they had been friends for several years before the Italian joined Spurs.

Conte has now reiterated that disappointment, labelling it as a ‘pity’ but insisting he and the club must respect Hitchen’s desire to move on. The Spurs boss thanked Steve and wished him all the luck for the future.

Conte said (Football London): “With Steve, I had a good relationship. For sure it’s a pity when a good person, a good man, decides to resign.

“At the same time, it’s important to respect the decision of every single person. For me he was good and I enjoyed the time we passed together with Steve.

“He worked for a long time with this club and for this reason, it’s right to tell him thanks for his time at Tottenham. Personally, I wish him good luck for his career and future.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

Everyone at The Spurs Web would like to wish Steve all the best for the future. Sometimes it worked, other times it didn’t, but he gave five years to the club and we have full respect for him.

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