Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes that Antonio Conte will walk away from his job as head coach of Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
The 52-year-old only joined the north Londoners in November following the departure of Nuno Espirito Santo and has been brutally honest with his assessment of the club to the media.
Following Wednesday evening’s surprise 1-0 defeat at Burnley, the Italian admitted he did not know if he was the right man for the job having suffered a fourth defeat in five matches (talkSPORT).
He backtracked somewhat in his pre-Leeds press conference on Friday when he called for focus and a strong finish to the end of the campaign (Football.London).
Ferdinand was speaking during his punditry appearance for BT Sport ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League match against Leeds United at Elland Road yesterday afternoon.
The Ex-England defender told BT Sport: “I don’t think he’ll be here after the summer. Based on what I’ve seen in the media and the players he’s got there.
“I think he’ll be quite comfortable going listen, I didn’t know it was that bad, and he’ll feel no way about walking away.
“He’s not someone who will look back on regret that, I’ll be very surprised if he’s still here.
“As players there’s moments where confidence is low, you’re looking for answers and you look around the dressing.
“If you’ve got a leader they’ll step up and instil that belief again, but you never expect your manager to come out and talk defeated like that I’ve never know that. He sounded defeated to me.
“You look to the manager to pull you up when you’re down, you look in his eyes and he’s still got the belief.
“To see that with him, I was disappointed. He’s a winner, he grafts. I just hope that was an emotional moment.”
If Tottenham miss out on the Champions League this season, Daniel Levy will have to move heaven and earth with a substantial summer transfer kitty if he has any hope of keeping Conte at the club to continue his revamp into the 2022/23 campaign.
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