Everyone who has been following the Premier League will know of the dire situation the Tottenham Hotspurs have found themselves in of late. Spurs fans in particular will especially know about the shambolic state of their club, and will no doubt be hoping for a day when they can be genuinely considered as part of the ‘Big Six’ clubs in English football again. As it stands now, they are a top ten team at best. However, there may be a shining light to raise the spirits of Spurs fans across England. This is because it is rumoured that they will receive a new manager as reports have surfaced that renowned Italian coach Antonio Conte has landed in London following the dismissal of Nuno Espirito Santo.
Many will be wondering how it got to this point though. Santo had only had ten games in charge of Spurs before he was sacked, and many believe that this was simply not enough time for any manager to turn a side around and get them back to winning ways. Fans who have had enough of losing and playing ‘alien football’ will not care though, and if the reports of Conte landing the Spurs job are true, then there will be many happy Spurs fans this week. Many will know of Conte’s achievements, and he might just prove to be perfect for Spurs given his history. He is known to be able to turn teams around very quickly and get them competing, one must only look to his feats at Chelsea and most recently, Inter Milan.
But is the fault on Santo and Santo alone? Some seem to think so. From day one, Santo proclaimed how happy he was to arrive at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. However, the media and likely the players saw through this façade as it became common knowledge that this was not the first, second, third or even fourth choice manager by the board. It seems that Santo was never able to win over the players as anyone who has watched a Spurs game of late will notice that there is a certain lack of desire. The players do not seem to be willing to conform to Santo’s ways, in which case, the fault is as much on them as it is Santo. But when a club is accustomed to playing a certain way and the manager tries to change that – see Mourinho’s Manchester United – there will always be a backlash.
Spurs have yet to demonstrate an attacking presence either, which is surprising given that they have Harry Kane, arguably one of the best strikers in the world last year. This moniker cannot be given to him at the moment though, as he looks to be an entirely different player. Many will say this is a result of Daniel Levy holding him hostage and it is hard to disagree that his poor form has had an impact on where Spurs now find themselves.
Those who were backing the team to win something this season will now likely find themselves out of pocket unless Conte can perform a miracle, but many people will be better of spending their money at online casinos. If players click here for example, they can access fixed-odd games instead of trying to predict whether Spurs’ fortunes will reverse, something that many Spurs fans will be praying for.