Tottenham and Antonio Conte held talks about CRISIS after his explosive rant after Spurs hurled a 3-1 lead at Southampton – with his manager insisting it was directed at his players, not the board – with Daniel Levy gauging opinion before making a decision.
- Tottenham and Antonio Conte have held crisis talks after his explosive speech
- Conte criticized his players in an extraordinary interview on Saturday
- Daniel Levy is now ready to gauge opinion before deciding on the Italian’s future
Tottenham and Antonio Conte held crisis talks after a stunning verbal attack on their players, with chairman Daniel Levy deciding to gauge opinion before deciding on his coach’s future.
The Italian put his players through a series of explosive post-match interviews in which he questioned their willingness and behaviour.
Conte also appeared to take aim at the Tottenham board of directors during his unusual and sustained speech.
But during the talks on Saturday night, Conte is understood to have made it clear to the board members that his comments were only aimed at the players and not the hierarchy.
It is understood that Levi accepted Conte’s version of events and the Italian remained in office yesterday morning.
Antonio Conte (pictured) and Tottenham held crisis talks after his explosive shouting
However, the former Chelsea boss remains in danger as Levy prepares to speak to his most trusted confidants this week about the matter.
Tottenham will not play again until April 3, when they travel to Everton, meaning Levy is in no rush to make a decision.
Players and staff were given a few days off; In usual circumstances, Conte will take the opportunity to return to Italy to see his family, who still live in Turin.
After the recent poor Champions League exit to Milan, the feeling carried over from well-sourced players is that the club are committed to continuing with Conte until the end of the season, when he is expected to leave.
However, the feeling on Sunday was that the situation was no longer final.
Conte will almost certainly leave the club at the end of the season when his contract expires with neither party willing to trigger his 12-month extension clause.
Sportsmail revealed this month that Levy would only sack Conte before his contract expired in the summer if he felt his presence had a detrimental effect on their Champions League qualification hopes.
And with Conte’s comments confirming a further fracturing of the already difficult relationship between manager and coach, Levy may hasten his exit if he believes the manager’s volcanic outburst will hurt the team’s chances of finishing in the top four.
A number of players have grown exasperated by Conte’s style and intensity and believe the negativity he projects in public has affected morale.
The harsh criticism leveled at the national team on Saturday did not go over well with many players as the rift between Conte and his squad deepened.
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