The Athletic have revealed that Daniel Levy promised to back Antonio Conte in the summer following the Italian’s outburst back in February after Spurs fell to a defeat at Turf Moor.
Tottenham’s 1-0 loss against Burnley in February was their fourth defeat in five Premier League games at the time and came just a few days after their spectacular 3-2 win over Manchester City.
Conte insisted after the loss that he might not be the right man to turn Spurs’ fortunes around and suggested that his position needed to be evaluated by the club’s hierarchy (Football.London).
The Athletic have now claimed that the Italian’s monologue at Turf Moor had the effect he desired on his players, who were fearful they were going to waste the opportunity to work with a proven manager.
It is said that Levy was desperate for Conte’s appointment to be a success after a difficult few years, while the club’s managing director of football Fabio Paratici also sided with the Spurs head coach, believing that defeats like the ones against Mura and Burnley were down to a lack of commitment from the players.
Levy and Paratici were said to have met with Conte in the aftermath of his outburst and allegedly agreed with the 52-year-old that his ‘shock therapy’ was the only way forward.
That is when the Spurs chairman is said to have promised the former Inter Milan boss that he would be backed in the summer transfer window.
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I was extremely disappointed with Conte’s outburst in February and felt at the time that the Italian should walk away from the club if he did not want the job as I was tired of him constantly complaining to the press and acting as if this job was beneath him.
However, in hindsight, it is evident that the Italian’s words had the desired effect on the players. In fact, that very moment was arguably the biggest turning point in our season and we might have not got top four without Conte’s ‘shock therapy’.
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