Tottenham Hotspur are yet to hold any discussions with potential successors for the head coach position until they hold a key meeting with Antonio Conte, according to The Athletic.

Conte’s future in north London has been the subject of press speculation in recent times with ‘insiders’ believing it is inevitable that the Italian will not be in charge of the club next season, which could be brought forward if they fall behind in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League (The Telegraph).

The report claims that the Tottenham hierarchy do not intend to speak to other managers until they have sat down with the 53-year-old, with decisive talks expected to be held from early April to resolve the situation.

It had previously been claimed by the same publication that Fabio Paratici had been tasked with compiling a managerial shortlist with former Barcelona and Spain boss Luis Enrique likely to be at the top ahead of the likes of Mauricio Pochettino.

The situation will remain the same until the talks have taken place with a view to understanding whether he will depart.  This process will then allow Tottenham to have a more efficient process with a replacement boss compared to what was witnessed in 2021 following the dismissal of Jose Mourinho.

Tottenham gave their hopes of a top four finish a boost at the weekend following a 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest to take advantage of Liverpool’s surprise 1-0 at Bournemouth.

Conte was asked about his future during Friday’s pre-Forest press conference and told Football.London: “Yeah but honestly in every interview you ask me the same question and I have to always give you the same answer. I think I say it.

“The club knows very well which is the situation, I speak every day with Paratici and Paratici knows very well and also I have a good relationship with the chairman. They know very well which is the situation.

“I repeat my future now is not important. The most important thing is the club, to try to push the players until the end and to finish in the best possible way. I think this is the most important thing.”

Antonio Conte

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SpursWeb Opinion

It seems highly unlikely that Conte will remain in charge of Tottenham next season given what appears to be his desire to return to Italy to be closer to his family after a difficult six months in which he has lost three close friends and also suffered illness.

Levy has to get the next appointment right and it must be a figure who can help to repair the disconnect between many of the supporters and the club.

Watching Tottenham play over the past few months has not been enjoyable and frustration still weighs heavy over the FA Cup and Champions League exits.

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