Former footballer and current pundit Damien Delaney has suggested that Antonio Conte could prevent Julian Nagelsmann from taking over as Tottenham’s new manager.
Conte was sacked by Tottenham earlier in March following the Italian’s extraordinary rant. In a press conference after a 3-3 draw against Southampton, the former Inter Milan manager criticised the club’s ownership suggesting that they lack ambition and also questioned the players’ commitment to the club.
The cut short his stay at the club which was supposed to come to an end when his contract ended at the end of the season anyways.
One of the reasons that reportedly triggered Conte’s outburst was the difference in the club’s apparent ambition and Conte’s. While Conte wanted proven world-class players at his disposal, Levy and co did not sanction the transfer requests with the club preferring young players with potential instead.
And Delaney, speaking on the Off The Ball podcast, said that if Conte shares his negative experiences with Tottenham’s ownership with Nagelsmann, it could impact the German coach’s decision to join the club.
He said (12:50-13:17):
“The thing with managers is that they always speak. The first thing Nagelsmann will do is to phone Conte. The first thing Conte will have done is to phone Mourinho. They’ll say ‘what’s going on with the ins and outs of this club?’ And they’ll tell them there’s an issue, there’s a disconnect with management and ownership and winning isn’t the priority of this football club. Getting the shiny stadium is the priority and that’s where the money is tied up.”
Nagelsmann has been heavily linked with the Tottenham job following the sacking of Conte. However, if he learns of the club’s alleged lack of ambition and issues with ownership, it could affect his decision to join the London club.
As Tottenham continues its search for a new permanent manager, the club will have to consider how potential candidates will view the club’s ambition and ownership.