According to talkSPORT presenter Andy Goldstein, Tottenham might have been better off appointing Eddie Howe rather than Antonio Conte.

Tottenham’s results improved dramatically for the first couple of months after Conte’s arrival but the team has been extremely inconsistent since the turn of the year.

The Italian has not been shy of expressing his discontent publicly, even suggesting last week that he might not be the right manager to turn around the club’s fortunes (Football.London)

Alasdair Gold claimed on Wednesday that some at Spurs believe the current squad respond better to a guiding arm around them, as Mauricio Pochettino provided, rather than a harsh disciplinarian like Conte.

Given how Newcastle’s fortunes have turned around since Howe replaced Steve Bruce, Goldstein has suggested that Tottenham might have been better off giving the job to the former Bournemouth boss.

Darren Bent argued that Spurs had to go for Conte when he was available, given the Italian’s pedigree.

Watch the pair’s debate on talkSPORT below:

Spurs Web Opinion

Daniel Levy was under pressure from the fans to deliver success and so, he was always going to prefer someone like Conte.

At the risk of irking a lot of Spurs fans, I personally would have preferred a project manager who plays attacking football and is keen to build something for the future.

While I would love to see Tottenham win trophies, I value my connection with a club a lot more than I do about the on-pitch success.

I am finding it increasingly difficult to back a manager who speaks like he is doing Spurs a favour by being in charge of the club.

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