BBC Radio 5 Live pundit and former Spurs full-back Alan Hutton has claimed that recruitment is the number one ‘underlying problem’ for Antonio Conte at Tottenham Hotspur following talks that his future at the club continues to be in doubt.
The Lowdown: Kane’s confession
There has already been plenty of speculation about whether the 52-year-old will leave the Premier League giants at the end of the season after it was rumoured just last month that the Italian had offered himself as a candidate to replace former Lilywhites boss Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain.
Captain Harry Kane also made an honest confession earlier this week, admitting that he has ‘no idea’ if Conte would still be in charge at the start of next term, causing even more uncertainty over his future.
The Latest: Conte needs Levy’s backing
Hutton made it clear that he can see the manager staying in north London for the ‘foreseeable future’, but it all depends on Daniel Levy.
He told Football Insider in reaction to Kane’s comments: “I think with Antonio Conte, he’s an emotional man. He wears his heart on his sleeve. He opens his mouth and he just talks from the heart, if you want.
“Conte’s probably just too honest at times. Where he has spoken about: ‘If I’m not doing a good job, I’ll leave,’ it’s the heat of the moment.
“But I think also there’s an underlying problem here where he’s maybe saying to the likes of Daniel Levy: ‘I need help here. I’m trying to make this squad, mould it, into a winning squad and I need help. I need people through the door, I need my targets within this squad to make them.’
“I believe he’ll be the manager for the foreseeable future. It’s about who can you bring in to help him out.”
The Verdict: All about the Champions League
Following Tottenham’s 1-0 away defeat against Burnley back in February, Conte suggested during his post-match interview at Turf Moor that the hierarchy at N17 should consider his future at the club after a run of disappointing results, and while that belief has surely changed, much will depend on Sunday’s events.
The Italian is reportedly looking to offload eight of his players in the summer and sign at least six new replacements, and so if a top four spot is secured, Levy can give him the transfer funds he requires to assemble a new squad ahead of next season.
After picking up three wins out of their last four, Spurs now find themselves sitting just a point away from that coveted place amongst Europe’s elite, and reports have suggested a place in the competition’s group stages banks as much as £40m right off the bat – that would surely do enough to convince Levy to boost the boss’ coffers.
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