Christian Stellini insists Tottenham are “not in crisis” despite Antonio Conte’s abrupt departure from the club.
Conte left Tottenham by mutual agreement last Sunday, a week after a remarkable explosion following a 3-3 draw with lower side Southampton, in which his team squandered a two-goal lead late on.
The former Chelsea boss called his players “selfish” and questioned the club’s lack of trophies during Daniel Levy’s tenure as chairman in a tirade that ended up costing him his job, with Stellini’s assistant taking over until the end of the season.
Conte becomes the third Spurs manager to be relieved of his duties after Mauricio Pochettino, who led the Spurs to the Champions League final, was sacked in 2019 and the club’s wait for the first trophy since 2008 has increased to 15 years.
Managing director Fabio Paratici also stepped down as the club awaits the outcome of his appeal against a worldwide ban following FIFA’s decision to extend his initial 30-month ban from Italian football to a worldwide basis for financial irregularities while at the club. Juventus.
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However, Stellini, who is now tasked with overseeing the last 10 games of the season as the Spurs aim to reach the Champions League, disagrees that the club is in turmoil, despite Tottenham’s supporters’ fund describing it as “one confusion after another.”
“When you make decisions for the better, you are not in a crisis,” Stellini told reporters.
“If you have any questions, we have to stay compact and stick together to move on and play matches.”
It was an easy decision for Stellini to take Conte’s position for the remainder of the campaign, with the 48-year-old saying: “I spoke to Antonio. The club and Antonio were talking to each other. They make a decision together and let me know I knew about it.
“They call me and say that the decision has been made and if you agree with us, you can do it. I had no problem saying yes.