Star News Reporter Lee Won-hee | 2023.03.28 11:46
[이원희 스타뉴스 기자] Antonio Conte (54), who left Tottenham in England, left a farewell message.
On the 28th (Korean time), coach Conte uploaded a message expressing his gratitude to the Tottenham club and fans through his SNS.
“Soccer is a passion,” he said. “As a coach, I want to express my deep gratitude to all the Tottenham players who acknowledged my passion and fierce soccer method,” he said. It will be unforgettable,” he wrote.
He concluded his short greeting, “The trip we were together has ended. I hope that the future will be filled with only good things.”
Tottenham and manager Conte officially announced on the 27th that they had terminated the contract by mutual agreement. In November 2021, I left the team after a year and four months after taking the baton of Tottenham.
He built a successful career that was his first season in charge. Coach Conte took charge of Tottenham midway through the season, which fell to mid-table last season, and raised them to fourth place. Tottenham also advanced to the European Champions League in three years.
But the atmosphere has changed this season. Tottenham are in 4th place in the league (49 points), but 5th place Newcastle (47 points) can lose their spot at any time as they have played two fewer games than Tottenham. They were eliminated in all cup competitions, including the FA Cup, League Cup and European Champions League.
In addition, right before the breakup, there were even rumors of discord with coach Conte and the players. Coach Conte openly criticized the mental state of the players who missed the victory right before the A-match break. Tottenham won 3-1 against Southampton on the 19th, then gave up consecutive goals in the second half and drew 3-3. In this regard, Tottenham players also expressed their dissatisfaction towards coach Conte, who gave public disgrace, and eventually coach Conte left the team.
With Conte’s departure, assistant coach Christian Stellini will lead Tottenham as acting manager for the remainder of the season.
Conte is linked with Italy’s Juventus, Inter and Spain’s Real Madrid for his next job.
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