A report from The Telegraph claims a number of the candidates on the shortlist for the Tottenham Hotspur managerial role share the same concerns as those voiced by Antonio Conte recently.

Conte saw his team throw away a two-goal lead over struggling Southampton at the weekend, with the Saints fighting back to secure a share of the points in a 3-3 draw at St. Mary’s stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Antonio Conte

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This led to Conte delivering a highly critical post-match press conference (via Football.London) in which he questioned the motivations of his playing squad and the ambition of the club’s owners.

As a result of his comments, it is now widely expected that Conte will leave his position as Spurs boss by the end of the week (Telegraph).

The same report suggests Ryan Mason will step up as caretaker manager until the end of the current campaign.

In terms of the long-term successor to Conte, Tottenham’s managing director Fabio Paratici has reportedly assembled a list of candidates for the role (Daily Mail).

However, the latest from the Telegraph suggests those issues raised by Conte on Saturday are concerns that many of the possible replacements share.

Apparently, many believe Conte “over-achieved” last season by securing Champions League football for Spurs.

The report adds that what we are seeing this season is “more reflective of the level of the squad and the ambition of the club.”

There are also questions being asked about the way the club is run when it comes to “football operations,” with doubts over the future of Paratici himself due to his ban from Italian football for “alleged malpractice” during his time at Juventus.

The fact that Paratici has been “far less visible” of late is thought to be giving managerial candidates reservations.

Spurs are expected to learn more about Paratici’s fate when an Italian court hearing takes place on March 27.

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When will the board learn that these concerns that have been raised time and time again need addressing rather than simply being swept under the rug?

Yes, Conte was wrong to speak out in the manner he did, but he wasn’t wrong in what he was actually saying.

The fact that managers may be reluctant to come to Spurs because of the problems says it all.

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