According to Sun Sport, Ryan Mason has been appointed as interim coach to replace Conte, just like when Tottenham fired Jose Mourinho on April 19, 2021. Former 76-year-old coach Harry Redknapp also intends to return to support Mason in leading Tottenham until the end of this season.
Before that happens, Tottenham needs to reach an agreement with Conte regarding the compensation fee. His contract with the team is valid until June 30, 2023. Usually, the club wants to dismiss a coach by compensating for the remaining salary of the contract. However, Conte’s contract includes a clause that requires Tottenham to compensate for one year’s salary if terminated before the deadline, according to 90min. Each year, Conte earns £15 million ($18 million) at Tottenham.
Recently, Conte has often criticized the quality of Tottenham’s squad and the ambitions of the club’s owners. He has repeatedly said that the players are “selfish” and “afraid of pressure.” After being eliminated by Milan in the round of 16 of the Champions League, he even said that he “could be fired before the end of the season.”
Some players have also publicly criticized Conte. Striker Richarlison once said that the Tottenham coaching staff did not keep their promise to let him start. Midfielder Pierre Emile Hojbjerg said: “If Conte thinks that Tottenham players are selfish, he needs to speak more accurately because I always try my best for the team.”
Many players also believe that it is time for Tottenham to part ways with Conte, and Chairman Levy is working with the 54-year-old coach’s representative to terminate the contract this week. Tottenham’s only goal is to protect fourth place in the Premier League, to qualify for the Champions League next season.
According to Opta’s statistics, Tottenham only has a 23.9% chance of defending their top-four spot, while Newcastle has a 39.9% chance and Liverpool has a 30.7% chance of winning a Champions League spot for the 2023-2024 season. Meanwhile, the chance of third-place team Man Utd is as high as 91.8%.
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