Fabio Paratici has insisted that Tottenham and Antonio Conte made the right decision to go their separate ways, given the difficult few months that the Italian has endured personally.

Spurs’ confirmation on Sunday that they had parted ways with Conte did not come as a surprise but the club’s announcement that Cristian Stellini would be taking over until the end of the season as interim head coach, with Ryan Mason as his assistant, did catch people off guard.

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According to Matt Law, goalkeeping coach Marco Savorani, set-piece specialist Gianni Vio and fitness coaches, Stefano Bruno and Costantino Coratti, are still at N17, with only Conte’s brother, Gianluca, who was working as an analyst, following the 53-year-old out of the door.

The Telegraph even revealed a couple of days ago Conte gave his blessing for Stellini and his staff to remain at Hotspur Way until the end of the season and help steer the club to a top-four finish.

Paratici has now explained that the decision for the Italian to leave was a mutual one and one that was taken with Conte’s well-being in mind.

The Spurs managing director of football told the club’s official website: “We know how difficult this season was for him personally, Gian Piero (Ventrone) died and (Gianluca) Vialli and then his surgery. 

“The Club supported him a lot with it and everyone is close to each other but then we arrive in this mutual agreement, and I think the decision that we made was the right decision for everyone.”

Ironically, The Guardian have reported that Paratici himself may have to leave Spurs unless an appeal to reverse his 30-month football ban is reversed.

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The fact that Conte has allowed almost his entire staff to stay on suggests that he perhaps recognised that he had not been himself lately, owing to the difficulties he has been dealing with in his personal life, and that he needed a break from the game.

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