Teddy Sheringham has said that he can see Antonio Conte walking away from Tottenham if the club fails to qualify for the Champions League this season.
There has been plenty of speculation regarding Conte’s future over the past few weeks, with the Italian being mooted as a potential candidate to replace Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain (Le Parisien).
The 52-year-old has refused to commit his future to Spurs, admitting that he will have to meet with Fabio Paratici and Daniel Levy at the end of the season to discuss their plans for the future (Football.London).
In his press conference on Tuesday, Conte admitted that qualifying for the Champions League was not on his radar when he arrived at Spurs in November, insisting that it was not an objective that he discussed with the Tottenham hierarchy at the time (Football.London).
However, Sheringham believes that Spurs run the risk of losing the former Inter Milan boss this summer if they fail to finish fourth.
The former Tottenham striker told 8Xbet: “If Conte is looking to stay for longer than his two-year period then he needs more of his own players with a view to playing in the Champions League.
“If things go to plan then he should get more transfer funds and build. Would I understand if he left without Champions League football? He is a man who wants to do business straight away. He wants to be playing at the top level in big games.
“But he took the job knowing where Tottenham were. He knew it wouldn’t be easy to get into the top four and he needs to work harder so they stay consistent and get in.
“If he doesn’t do it this season then I would like to think he would stay and do it next season. I certainly hope he stays as he is the right fit for Tottenham.
“He has brought some desire, discipline, work rate and attitude that has been missing over the few years. He is on the right path but there are still huge question marks.
“We know how fickle football is. Money talks and if others want these top managers then they go out and pressurise other clubs and make it known. That is why it is in Tottenham’s and Conte’s best interests to get into the Champions League.”
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I do not think Spurs qualifying for Champions League will have a bearing on Conte’s future, given that the Italian has admitted that it was not a target for this season. His future will depend on whether the Tottenham hierarchy promise him sufficient investment during this summer’s transfer window, which I expect them to.
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