Sky Sports journalist Michael Bridge believes that the Italian manager will not be sacked unless the team goes through a “poor run of results”. Despite Spurs’ recent inconsistent performances, Bridge thinks that Conte will see off his contract with the club, which ends in the summer.
Conte joined Tottenham Hotspur last year and managed to help the team finish fourth on the last day of the season, as well as guiding them to their best start to the Premier League campaign this season. However, the club’s season slowly derailed and their results started to become inconsistent. They are already out of all domestic and European competitions, with their only hope of salvaging the season being a top-four finish.
Newcastle and Liverpool are not too far behind Spurs, and they will need to be consistent between now and the end of the season to finish in the top four. However, despite their current struggles, Bridge believes that Conte will not be sacked mid-season and will see out his contract with Spurs unless they go through a run of bad results.
According to Bridge, Tottenham would have to go on a poor run of results for Conte to be sacked, and even then, he does not think that they have the worst run to the end of the season. Bridge also points out that Tottenham made a big mistake in the FA Cup and have no cup commitments now. He believes that they will be in the hunt for a top-four finish from now until the end of the season, which will probably keep Conte in his job for the time being.
However, it is clear that Tottenham Hotspur is already looking for Conte’s replacement. The Italian is not looking to extend his contract with the club, and his departure is expected in the summer. The North London club is being linked with a number of managers as his replacement, including the likes of Thomas Tuchel, Roberto De Zerbi, Luis Enrique, and Mauricio Pochettino. Currently, Pochettino is the most favorite to take over the job next season.
Pochettino turned Tottenham into a top-four side, guiding them to a top-four finish consistently every year. He also led a title charge in 2016/17 but fell short in the end, finishing second. In 2018/2019, Spurs enjoyed their best European run, as he guided them to a Champions League final, which they unfortunately lost to Liverpool.
It is likely that fans will welcome Pochettino’s appointment if he replaces Conte next season. Tottenham Hotspur has struggled in recent years, and Pochettino is a manager that is familiar with the club and has a proven track record of success with them. In any case, it remains to be seen whether Spurs will make a managerial change mid-season, or wait until the summer to bring in their next manager.