Pundit Gabby Agbonlahor believes Tottenham’s players will be fuming with what he’s heard from Antonio Comte, Football Insider report, writes the FTT.
The Italian is yet to really have a major impact at Spurs, with a number of inconsistent displays in recent weeks.
Tottenham failed to back up an impressive 3-2 win at Manchester City by falling to a 1-0 defeat to Burnley, with Conte venting his frustrations after the loss.
Spurs then got back to winning ways with a 4-0 win at Leeds but crashed out of the FA Cup days at Middlebrough. Conte revealed after that defeat that he has not questioned his ability to transform Spurs but there was a ‘strategy’ behind press conferences.
Agbonlahor, who features on talkSPORT, was reacting after hearing those comments, per Football Insider. He claimed Conte’s antics have been ‘very strange’ and even said he needs to ‘shut up and get on with his job’.
“It’s just very strange.
“After the Burnley game, I was just confused by his reaction. If I was the owner I would give him a good telling off for that interview.
“Just shut up, you lost to Burnley and you won’t be the last team to do so. It’s a hard place to go, you lost from a set piece, get on with it.
“Then he’s happy as larry when they beat Leeds. He’s one of those managers who just moans, moans, moans when they lose and celebrate on the sidelines when you score.
“He just needs to shut up and get on with his job, to be honest.
“It would annoy me as a player. I’d be like ‘Gaffer, if we’re not all trying I understand. But we lost a game, it happens’.”
Spurs have a crucial month with four Premier League fixtures, two of which are against sides around them in the battle for a European place.
Should they manage to find some form and pick up four straight wins, starting against Everton on Monday, then you’d expect they would be back in the hunt for a top-four finish.
However, if Manchester United and West Ham inflict more woes on Conte, pressure will mount on the manager and Spurs could be completely out of the race for the top four, possibly resulting in more interesting comments from the Italian.