Spurs manager Antonio Conte raised questions about how English clubs’ strategy and vision are relayed to the public. The Italian fielded questions yet again about the team’s direction during a press conference on Tuesday.
Arsenal defeated Spurs on Sunday to fall further outside of the Premier League’s top four. The north London outfit trails fourth-place Manchester United by five points. It sits 14 points adrift of the Gunners.
Spurs coach Conte points out England’s ‘bad habit’ of strategy
“In England, I think there is a bad habit that there is only the coach to speak,” stated Conte. “I have never seen the medical department come here and explain that this player is having difficulty to recover. I never see the club or sporting director to come here and explain the strategy and the vision of the club.”
“In Italy, every game, before the game, there is a person from the club who goes with the media and then has to answer many questions. For us, it could be really better because otherwise every time there is only one face to explain a situation which I think is better for the club to explain. But this is a habit and I respect this habit.”
“It means if only the coach speaks, sometimes there can be misunderstandings,” Conte continued. “It could be good to have the club presenting to the media to speak. Maybe not every week but every 15 days, once a month in this way.”
Tottenham’s managing director of football Fabio Paratici has held just one press conference interview since arriving to the club in the summer of 2021. The Italian previously spent over a decade with Juventus before taking the job. As Conte has suggested, Paratici spoke fairly regularly to the public during his time in Turin.
Coach’s contract ends in June
Conte hasn’t had any issues in voicing his concerns about the club in recent months. The coach also clearly wants reinforcements during the January transfer window and they have not come just yet. Conte has a history of collecting trophies and winning titles.
He won major silverware with Juventus, Chelsea, and Inter Milan. With his current contract set to expire at the end of the season, it’s looking less and less likely that Conte will come back for another campaign at Spurs.
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