Tottenham appear set to sack manager Antonio Conte this week, according to reports.
Conte has only been in charge for 16 months and while the club sits fourth in the Premier League, many media reported his post-match outburst after Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Southampton was the last straw for Spurs’ hierarchy.
The Italian recently saw his side crash out of the FA Cup and Champions League in quick succession and watched Tottenham concede twice in the last 13 minutes on the south coast.
He then launched an angry tirade against his “selfish” players and dismissed uncertainty about his future as “excuses” for a team that failed to end the club’s drought since 2008.
The Italian’s contract was due to expire in the summer and he was shy about the possibility of extending his stay in north London, but Tottenham seem determined to cut their losses with the former Chelsea coach.
Contacted by the Palestinian Authority news agency on Monday evening, Tottenham declined to comment.
Conte’s arrival at Tottenham at the end of 2021 ushered in a new trophy-filled era for the club given the experienced coach’s past success at Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan.
He led Tottenham to an impressive top-four finish last season by beating rivals Arsenal to qualify for the Champions League on the final day, but despite a flurry of summer transfer activity, results have been patchy this season.
They are in the Champions League places but fifth-placed Newcastle are two points behind and have two games in hand.
While some outlets have reported that Ryan Mason could take over for a second time, there is growing speculation that Mauricio Pochettino could return to the club.
The Argentine spent five-and-a-half years in north London, leading Tottenham to the Champions League final in 2019, but was sacked months later after a disappointing start to the 2019-20 season.
Pochettino, who is currently without a squad after leaving Paris Saint-Germain last July, told BT Sport a few months after leaving Tottenham that he had unfinished business at the club.
“It was an amazing journey that ended the way no one wants it to end,” he said. But deep in my heart I am sure our paths will cross again.
“Since the day I left the club, my dream is to come back one day and try to finish the work we haven’t finished.”
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