West Ham get big European boost as problems brew with Antonio Conte at Spurs following the Italian’s latest interview.
When Conte took over at Tottenham Hotspur back in November the likes of West Ham were warned their days challenging for the top four could be numbered.
Who can forget former Spurs star turned pundit Jamie O’Hara’s ominous warning to West Ham, Arsenal and co after Conte’s arrival.
Undoubtedly a world class manager, pundits and Spurs fans believed Conte’s arrival in north London marked the start of a new era.
Fast forward just three months and there is already speculation over Conte’s Tottenham future.
After three defeats on the spin, Spurs find themselves down in eighth place, five points below fifth-placed West Ham – albeit with three games in hand.
But as Tottenham have proved, converting games in hand to points on the board is easier said than done.
West Ham are just two points off fourth-placed Manchester United despite David Moyes’s side having struggled for their best form over the winter period.
The race for the European spots is sure to be tight with Man United, West Ham, Arsenal, Wolves and Spurs vying for what looks like being one Champions League place, two Europa League spots and a UEFA Conference League place.
West Ham get big European boost as problems brew with Antonio Conte at Spurs
Five into four doesn’t go so one team from that group are going to miss out.
And the likes of West Ham will surely be boosted by the developing situation at bitter rivals Tottenham.
Because problems appearing to be brewing with Conte at Spurs after a spiky new interview.
And reports now abound that the fiery Italian could walk out on the club soon (The Daily Mail).
Conte, who has won league titles in his three previous club jobs at Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan, has raised concerns about Spurs in a leaked interview with Sky Sports Italia, where he claimed the January transfer window made his side ‘worse’.
The 52-year-old is also said to have claimed that Tottenham have a ‘one per cent chance’ to qualify for the Champions League this season.
Ex Tottenham player and talkSPORT pundit Jason Cundy claims Conte’s interview is damning.
“He’s basically saying: ‘Why have I come to Tottenham?‘” Cundy told talkSPORT.
Press Association sports journalist Jonathan Veal claims ‘those inside Spurs’ are ‘surprised at the comments’ from Conte.
“Interesting interview from Conte, we’re relying on translation but there seems to be contradictions from what he has said in previous press conferences,” Veal said on Twitter.
“Understand those inside the club are surprised at the comments. For info, it was a rights holders interview.”
Telegraph journalist Matt Law followed up by suggesting if anyone at Tottenham is surprised then it proves they do not have the requisite ambition to make it work with Conte.
“If anybody inside Tottenham is surprised by Conte’s comments then they have no chance of making it work,” Law said on Twitter.
“This was always all about whether or not Tottenham/(Daniel) Levy were prepared to change, not the other way around. Why would such a successful coach change for an unsuccessful chairman?”
Trouble over at our fierce rivals it seems.
Let’s hope West Ham can be the ones to take advantage come what May, whatever happens with Conte.