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Former Tottenham defender provides his initial thoughts on Antonio Conte’s tenure

By Eddie Razo -

Since coming aboard in November, manager Antonio Conte has turned the ship around at Tottenham Hotspur following their slow start to the 2021-22 campaign, leading to the firing of Nuno Espírito Santo. Conte has Spurs in the middle of a fight for a UEFA Champions League spot next season. 

In an interview with Free Super Tips, former Spurs defender Alan Hutton spoke about his initial thoughts since the arrival of Conte. Hutton states that the Italian tactician has organized Tottenham but still has work to do as the EFL Cup result against Chelsea showed. 

“My initial thoughts are that the league form has been decent. He’s organized them a lot better, but as we’ve seen in the last three games against Chelsea and Morecambe that there’s still a lot to do,” Hutton said.

“There’s a lot of work because it’s ultimately the same team that Nuno (Espirito Santo) had, so he’s yet to really stamp his authority on it. It’s a progression that’s going to take time, and I think he knows that himself from some of the interviews he’s given.”

Conte can help Spurs improve by having the financial backing of Chairman Daniel Levy and Managing Director of Football Fabio Paratici. Hutton stated that Levy needs to open the wallet to get the type of players the Italian tactician requires to turn the team into a winner as he’s done in the past at Chelsea, Inter Milan, and Juventus. 

 “They definitely have to do for me,” Hutton said. “I think that would have been one of the biggest sticking points when trying to bring Antonio Conte into the club. We know he’s a serial winner; we know he’ll want to go and challenge the top teams, and he’ll want to stamp his own authority on this team.”

“To do that, he needs to be backed by Daniel Levy. In the past, it’s been difficult for them to spend lots of money, and I believe Daniel Levy has been quite shrewd in what he’s done. But I think it would have been a main part of Conte coming to Tottenham because he would have been told he would get the backing in the transfer window.”

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Eddie
Eddie
6 months ago

Again in the Villa game I don’t think we missed anything with Watkins.He gets a lot of chances and fails with most.

Marbella Spur
Marbella Spur
6 months ago
Reply to  Eddie

Coutinho makes one, scores one. Agree with you about Digne, good experienced PL left back and better crosser of the ball than Reggie. He was right to leave Everton.

Eddie
Eddie
6 months ago
Reply to  Marbella Spur

I don’t think he particularly wanted to leave Everton.He fell out with Benitez and that was it.Benitez hasn’t done the Everton fans too many favours,as evidenced by today’s result.It sound like he could be gone by tomorrow.

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Marbella Spur
Marbella Spur
6 months ago
Reply to  Eddie

Agreed , dead man walking. Everton is nearly as much of a poisoned chalice as Spurs. Perhaps Conte will join him soon but voluntarily!

Eddie
Eddie
6 months ago

Watching Digne in his first game for Villa,we really missed a trick not going for him.Another Levy masterclass I suppose.

MrChickenhead
MrChickenhead
6 months ago
Reply to  Eddie

Yep.

Sandro
Sandro
6 months ago

This is not a defence of ENIC / Levy because I think both our recruitment and youth development during the past decade or so leaves a lot to be desired – but Ndombele is the perfect example of just how difficult / dangerous the transfer market is. Our record signing, a top earner, signed early in the summer window – most of the things that fans are clamouring for – but he has proved a failure and if rumours are true we are struggling to get rid because of his salary.
Transfers are easy – successful transfers are not so easy.

Brick Top
Brick Top
6 months ago
Reply to  Sandro

I’d like to point out that Poch wanted Fernandes, but the joke of a chairman failed to sign a player from Sporting. Ndombele was Levy’s signing, nuff said. If Levy would simply sign the manager’s picks we wouldn’t be in this mess. The sociopath needs to have it his way and here we are

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Brick Top
Brick Top
6 months ago

Looks like Bissouma is off to Villa. The 15th and still no signings. We have a geniune shot at 4th, but clearly the imbecile upstairs is about to bottle it as usual.

Marbella Spur
Marbella Spur
6 months ago

God spare me from the opinions of the likes of Alan Hutton, Noel Whelan, Darren Bent, Gobby Agbonlahor and other assorted idiots but It is pretty obvious that Conte already has the look of an exasperated man after a short time and is more than capable of walking early.
The frustration for any Spurs manager or fan is that they can see which areas need to be reinforced and which players are just not good enough. I won’t dwell on our never ending success in buying entirely the wrong players and failing to sell the players who are patently not good enough because Levy is always trying to get his money back. What concerns me is that we have a very good manager now with a well respected DoF, although the jury is out on his acquisitions, and two weeks into the January window, and the only player we are linked with is Traore, who in all honesty, is not a top four player. We should be only looking at the types of players that City or Chelsea would buy. Chelsea’s transfer policy has been miles ahead of ours for years. They get their business done quickly and quietly. I am not sure why we didn’t look at Coutinho as we need an AM. I noticed in todays’ Mail that Chelsea are rumoured to have offered £33 million for Frenkie de Jong of Barca which is less than half of what Barca paid and Ousamene Demble is also available . So is de Ligt of Juventus who could be bought for less than the Italians paid for him and is the right age for us. These are the sorts of signings that we should be looking at. when Mourinho wanted a central defender, he selected Ruben Dias. We had even agreed personal terms with the player and then Levy went and bought Rodon. These sorts of transfer shenanigans by Levy are the reason we do not and never will compete. Anybody who thinks we will buy Vlahovic should be committed to an institution but these are the sorts of players we should be signing.

Brick Top
Brick Top
6 months ago
Reply to  Marbella Spur

De Jong would be a great signing. Jovic could also be a good one. Going back and thinking about the players we missed out on, especially to lesser clubs, Digne and Semedo just shows how incompetent Levy and co really are. Fernandes, Dias and Skriniar, the incredible team that never was.

Harry
Harry
6 months ago

It’s now or never for Danny boy/ENIC they should either put up 400 million for player investment for our top coach or just close the doors.

I was reading online yesterday that our home attendances are down, barely 5000 above the old WHL capacity (and I’m guessing that is season ticket holders who have already paid for the season)

I am one of those supporters who has stopped attending, 50 years I have supported this club, was a member for 30 years, at least 12 games a season home and away, but no more until I see true investment from the board for the pitch.

I went to Chelsea V Spurs 2007 think we lost 1-0 we out sang the home support and the two chants I still remember were

“where were you when you were sh*t” no fans went until Russian bought club

And the other chant was in relation to world cup 2006

“Lampard you let your country down” brutal but really funny!!

James McKevitt
James McKevitt
6 months ago

I don’t believe Conte was promised anything.

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
6 months ago
Reply to  James McKevitt

It was probably a Gentleman’s agreement which is worthless as Levy is a scoundrel not a gentleman.

Mark
Mark
6 months ago

Why are people always praising Levy? Any coach/manager going to WHL knows he will be fighting with one arm tied behind his back. The word is out there, fellow professionals talk to each other and they know how Jol, Poch, etc, etc, etc, were treated. Coaches are all ex-players and have met before. The Spurs job is how it used to be with the England job, too much hassle, press back-stabbing, (being called a turnip may seem funny, you tell that to your kids being taunted at school) Apart from the massive wages, the job is a lemon. Levy is in a trance state and cannot widen his horizons. Good luck to Conte, etc, etc, etc, he will do his best, realise you cannot reason with unreasonable people and tell his friends, colleagues what they already know. It will take 300 million to take Spurs further. Watch Newcastle and how they spend from now on. Already they have a better right back. Does anybody really think the NLD is going to be a cracker where we get our pride back? Ha!

East Stand
East Stand
6 months ago
Reply to  Mark

I don’t think anyone in their right mind is praising Levy mate.

Tangangry
Tangangry
6 months ago

Ahhh, I do love a “what Alan Hutton thinks” article!

Anyway, halfway through the month and still no movement, well ok I’m prepared to accept things are more likely to happen 2nd half of the month, but my concern is that the only realistic rumour remains Traore.

There’s no fire without smoke, and as it stands there seems to be a distinct lack of smoke.

denzil
denzil
6 months ago
Reply to  Tangangry

ah what ever happens or dose not happen we will still be stuck with Enic and Levy till death do us part

Harry
Harry
6 months ago
Reply to  denzil

We have just regressed as a club. Poch took us to dizzy heights, the time was then to invest……we all know what happened next. In any other business the board would have had a no confidence vote against them.

Until supporters boycott the games nothing will change!!

Last edited 6 months ago by Harry
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