Tim Sherwood has suggested that Antonio Conte might not even spend a full year in charge of Tottenham Hotspur, insisting that the Italian could quit at the end of this season.
Conte has only been at the helm at Spurs for two weeks but if reports are to be believed, the Italian has already improved the standards behind the scenes, both among the players and the staff.
After the failed Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo experiments, Spurs fans will be hoping that Conte is the man to take the club back into the Champions League and break their trophy drought.
The former Inter boss has only penned a contract until 2023 with the North London club, although there is an option to extend the deal.
Before being appointed by Spurs, the Italian was linked heavily with the Manchester United job but the Red Devils have decided to keep faith with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until now.
Sherwood believes that United could come calling for Conte soon and that the 52-year-old’s stay at Tottenham could be very short-lived.
The former interim Spurs head coach told Premier League Daily on Optus Sport: “Could he still go to Man United next season?
“I think he didn’t join (Man United) in the summer because he was emotionally attached to Inter, it was because he was flushing out Man United and they never come.
“I think this can be the shortest marriage ever. I think it can go either way. I don’t think it’s 18 months or over.
“I think he stays for the three years or he leaves at the end of the season.”
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We know that Conte is capable of walking out of the club if Tottenham do not deliver him what they promised. However, at the same time, he is clearly very principled and so, I do not see the Italian quitting Spurs just because a gets a more lucrative job offer.
Conte would have known the difficulty of the project at Tottenham before he accepted the job. He clearly feels he is up for the challenge and he knows that winning trophies at Spurs would seal his legacy in a way that silverware at Chelsea or United will not.
So, I do not have any fears of Conte walking out at the end of the season, unless Paratici and Levy go back on their promise.
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