Jamie Carragher believes Tottenham boss Antonio Conte wants him sacked, while Jamie Redknapp feels the Italian’s position is becoming untenable after his extraordinary comments following the 3-3 draw at Southampton.
An angry Conte branded Spurs players “selfish”, criticized their underperformance and attacked the club’s ownership in a stunning attack after the side threw away a two-point lead at bottom side Southampton.
“Conte wants to be fired in this international break,” Sky Sports pundit Carragher tweeted. “Spurs need to put him out of his misery and do it tonight.”
Tottenham fell to St Mary’s caps from a miserable March after they were kicked out of the FA Cup and Champions League earlier this month to leave them without a trophy since 2008.
Carragher added: “The point about Spurs not winning for a long time is true, but you don’t talk about your club like that.
“Especially when you get a fortune from them! Arsenal’s improvement this season after finishing top last season kills many of their arguments.”
Redknapp: Conte’s position is becoming untenable
Conte’s Spurs contract expires this summer, but Redknapp feels the 53-year-old will struggle until the end of the season despite Tottenham sitting in fourth with 10 games to go.
“It feels like his position has become untenable – I don’t see where he goes from here,” said the former Spurs midfielder. Sky Sports.
“I think he was out of a job after losing to Nottingham Forest [in the Carabao Cup].
“Tottenham have a history of sacking managers, even before cup finals.
“They talk mainly about the owner who has not had a trophy in the 15 years since the current chairman has been in charge. He has had 10 or 11 managers. Great managers, but never won anything.
“He feels that the owners are responsible for buying the players they need.
“I thought Conte might be the one who got the keys to the kingdom to buy the players he needed, but I think a lot of players were forced.
“Usually in two or three years at a club, he wins. Even he felt he couldn’t win at Tottenham.
Sky Sports News it was reported earlier this month that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is under huge pressure to re-appoint Mauricio Pochettino as Spurs manager, with some players and staff calling for the Argentine to return and revitalize the club.
Redknapp added: “The chairman will be wondering if this manager can galvanize this team into the top four.
“There are two very good managers. Do you go back to Pochettino? Or go to Thomas Tuchel?
“He will [Daniel Levy] will stay there because he always stays there but maybe someone should look at who runs the club because of the failure on the field. Off the pitch it’s spectacular, but it’s not good enough.”
O’Hara: Levy did not like Conte’s interview | ‘I’ll be surprised if he makes it next weekend’
Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara also agrees with Carragher and Redknapp on Conte’s position and feels Levy, who is in action at St Mary’s on Saturday, will be unhappy with the Italian’s comments.
O’Hara said Sky Sports: “I can’t believe that he came out after the game and said that. I think it’s shocking.
“I don’t have to disagree with him about some of the things he said about desire and passion and players not playing for each other, but those things are said in the dressing room after the game, or on Monday morning. or you talk to Daniel Levy.
“To go out publicly and criticize the whole football club, I think it’s outrageous.
“The players will obviously listen to the interview – they’re chasing him. If you dig him in the media, he’ll back down.
“For him to say ‘he’ and not ‘us’ to say that the players can’t play for him, he’s looking for a way out.
“I don’t think he wants to be there, and I think the club has to make a big decision.
“I don’t think Daniel Levy will like that interview. If Conte makes it next weekend, I’ll be surprised. I think he’s looking for a way out.
“He talks about being selfish, but he’s being selfish when you talk and criticize everyone in the club except yourself.
“That for me screamed alarm bells, and I think Levy will look at the comments he made, because he included Levy in those comments and said, ‘Enough is enough, we can’t get this from the Tottenham manager’.
“We all wanted to get it done and it didn’t happen and it’s a bit sour now.
“Maybe you look at it and say, ‘If we can get a manager next week like Pochettino, let’s go now, let’s cut ties and move on’.
“You don’t have to pay him [Conte] out the signed four or five year contract. His contract is up at the end of the season, it wouldn’t cost him much to let him go, and by the sounds of it, he doesn’t want to be there.