Spurs and Manchester United fans appear to be in agreement over Antonio Conte’s managerial pedigree amid new links to the north London job after the club’s latest Premier League defeat.
The Italian is one of several high-calibre managers in the market after the former Chelsea manager left Inter Milan at the end of last season due to the club’s financial difficulties, which hampered Conte’s reinforcement plans.
Initially, before Tottenham opted for Nuno Espirito Santo, there were rumors that Daniel Levy was talking seriously to the Premier League title-winning manager about the possibility of succeeding Jose Mourinho.
However, Conte was not enthusiastic about the project at the time and therefore rejected the proposal made to him as he revealed in an interview carried out the day after the managerial search in N17.
“Money is not my obsession,” Conte said.
“I look at projects and I’m ready to stay at home if they don’t convince me. I like difficult challenges but if there’s something with a club that doesn’t convince me, I prefer to say: no, thank you.” “
The 52-year-old has since been linked with Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s Manchester succession after strong rumors surfaced following the 5-0 loss to Liverpool that a change was inevitable at the Old Trafford-based club.
However, the Glazers and co have decided to give the club legend another chance, despite the Manchester Evening News (MEN) reporting that the Red Devils were considering their options earlier in the week amid Conte links.
It was a decision which, in the short term, paid off for United as they showed up and put up a brave and valiant performance at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as the Red Devils lost 3-0.
“They’ve had a horrible week. I mean you get a win no matter how it comes – it was a perfect game for Man U,” Graeme Souness said on Sky Sports’ Super Sunday coverage.
“Come here, Spurs are toothless, these stats tell you that. Not a shot on target. They rely on people with a spark – Harry Kane, Son, [Lucas] Moura – none of them did that.
“They all look like a shadow of what they’ve been in the recent past. I think Spurs are a team that’s played ten games now, won five, lost five – if you’re a supporter of the Spurs, you turn here without knowing what you are going to get. They are toothless. It may be harsh, but the stats tell you. Very, very average.
The home side’s negative result put pressure on Nuno Espirito Santo as Spurs fell to eighth in the table after the crushing defeat.
A full-time chorus of boos coupled with a backlash from full-time fans saw managerial links again as fans voiced their disapproval in north London.
football.london understands that the Portuguese will now have to play a waiting game regarding his immediate future at the club, it’s currently unclear what the next step of action will be in relation to his position.
Consequently, Conte himself has once again been linked as a potential option for the North London side.
Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb via Sport Witness have reported that Tottenham are once again considering a move for the Serie A winner.
This news has prompted reaction from both sets of fans to the matter, with United supporters dreading what might happen next in this saga while Spurs fans are hoping for a certain situation to come to fruition.
Here’s what fans of both clubs have been saying on social media.
Spurs fan @flip_leoj said: ‘COME TALE WE LOVE YOU.’
@ Teebs87 gave his verdict: “It’s the hope that kills you.
@PeachIcedTeaa hopes: ‘Let’s be hopeful, to say the least [followed by a crying face emoji].
Meanwhile, some Manchester United fans are dreading that these rumors will come true should they turn out to be true.
@UtdShabaz delivered his verdict: ‘Conte will boost Cba
@Jayeola_7 angrily: “If Spurs get Conte, I’ll lose him.”
@AndyMufcTally isn’t too bothered: “I don’t want a story, so I don’t care if I make spurs! I want ten witches or Zidane!
@DDGResurgence was a bit more optimistic’ Tale to Spurs is literally going to be the same as the Ronaldo saga. He’s trying to use Spurs to get the job at Utd. We will lose to City and Utd will rush to him.