Antonio Conte has enjoyed a largely productive first year in charge of Tottenham since being appointed to replace Nuno Espirito Santo on this day exactly 12 months ago. The Italian coach has established himself as a popular figure in north London after leading Spurs to a top-four finish in the Premier League at the end of last season, with his side beating Arsenal to the prize on the final day of the campaign.
Conte has taken an average of 1.89 points per game during his time at Tottenham, who managed to win 31 of his 54 matches in the dugout in all competitions prior to yesterday’s Champions League clash against Marseille. It remains to be seen what the future holds for him in management, though, with his contract at Spurs set to expire at the end of the season as things stand.
The 53-year-old only signed a one-and-a-half-year deal upon his arrival at Tottenham last November and is not known for being a long-term manager, with the former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss averaging just 1.2 years in charge of each club over the course of his career. He is expected to sit down for private talks with Daniel Levy this month in order to discuss the possibility of extending his stay, according to the Daily Mail, but there is no guarantee that an agreement will be reached to suit all parties.
The Tottenham boss has also been linked with a handful of moves elsewhere over the last few months, with a return to former club Juventus among the options to have been discussed in the media since the beginning of the season. The Italian outfit’s poor start to their Serie A campaign has seen Massimiliano Allegri’s position come under intense scrutiny, fuelling rumours that Conte could be set to replace him if the owners decide that a change is required in the near future.
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Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has reportedly been mulling over the idea of swapping Allegri for Conte in recent weeks, although the latter was quick to laugh off the possibility of returning to Turin when quizzed on the topic before last month’s north London derby defeat at the hands of Arsenal.
“This is incredible,” Conte told reporters. “In this period I think this is disrespectful for the coach that works in Juventus and for me working in Tottenham. We have just started the season.
“Many times I have spoken about this topic and I’ve always said I’m happy and enjoying my time with Tottenham. We have the whole season to find the best solution for the club and for me and for sure I’m enjoying my time at Tottenham.”
Conte’s long-term future at the club remains far from certain, though, and it seems as though the speculation over a potential exit will refuse to subside unless he puts pen to paper on a new deal over the coming weeks and months. The vast majority of Tottenham’s fanbase would almost certainly be sad to see Conte go, but some supporters may be inclined to view next season as an opportunity to bring in a new coach with the ability to implement a more expansive style of football.
A move for Mauricio Pochettino, who remains unattached after leaving PSG earlier this year, would potentially be among the options for Tottenham to consider if Conte walks away from the club at the end of the current campaign. However, only time will tell whether the latter will decide to commit to Spurs over the coming weeks or if a new manager will be in place when the first ball is kicked at the start of next season.
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