According to the Telegraph, if Tottenham Hotspur were to sack Antonio Conte now then Ryan Mason would likely be put in temporary charge of the team until the end of the season.
Conte’s current contract expires in the summer and it has been strongly suggested that the Italian will not be extending his stay with Spurs beyond that (Daily Mail).
A difficult season both on and off the pitch has seen faltering results, disappointing performances, and plenty of personal issues for Conte, too, including a serious health scare.
Spurs were held to a 3-3 draw by struggling Southampton at the weekend, with a last-gasp James Ward-Prowse penalty salvaging a point for the Saints.
Conte’s side were up by two goals with 15 minutes to go before letting the result slip, and the manager was very vocal about his frustrations after the game.
In his post-match press conference (via Football.London), Conte was highly critical of his players and also took aim at the club’s owners for fostering an environment of failure.
Many suspect Conte will now depart the club before the end of the season, and the latest from the Telegraph suggests Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will consider that decision during the international break.
If that is the case, the report claims Tottenham coach Ryan Mason is likely to be “given the job until the end of the season.”
Mason previously held the caretaker manager role at the club after the sacking of Jose Mourinho in 2021 and could be set to stand in once more.
It is expected that Mason would be handed the top job on a temporary basis, and would be in place in time for Tottenham’s next game, against Everton on April 3.
Spurs Web Opinion
Very few managers would leave their current role to come to Spurs at this stage of the season, so unless our preferred replacement for Conte is unemployed right now, putting Mason in charge for the remainder of the campaign makes perfect sense.
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