Antonio Conte criticized his Tottenham players.
Calling them “selfish” and not wanting to perform “under pressure” after they blew a 3-1 lead against Southampton.
Conte leaves after 16 months in charge, with Spurs positioned to finish the season without a title for the second time.
Spurs have announced that Conte’s assistant Cristian Stellini will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Ryan Mason will serve as assistant head coach.
Conte leaves Tottenham after 16 months in charge, following an extraordinary rant against his players after they threw away a 3-1 lead at rock-bottom Southampton.
Capping a miserable March for the club that saw them eliminated from both the FA Cup and the Champions League.
Leaving them without a trophy for another season stretching back to 2008.
Daniel Levy said in a statement, “We have 10 Premier League games remaining and we have a fight on our hands for a Champions League place.
We all need to pull together. Everyone has to step up to ensure the highest possible finish for our club and amazing, loyal supporters.”
In his final post-match press conference as Tottenham’s head coach, Antonio Conte said the club needed to take responsibility for the current situation and felt his players didn’t want to play under pressure.
Conte, whose contract was set to expire at the end of the season, said after the 3-3 draw: “I’m not used to seeing this type of situation.”
“I see a lot of selfish players, but no team.”
“We are 11 players who go onto the pitch,” I see selfish players, players who don’t want to help one another and don’t put their heart into it,” he said in his post-match press conference.
Asked to explain Tottenham’s collapse at Southampton, Conte continued:
“Because they are used to it here, they are used to it. They don’t play for something important.
When asked about Tottenham’s defeat at Southampton, Conte explained, “Because they are used to it here, they are used to it.”
They are not playing for a significant cause.
“They don’t want to play under pressure, they don’t want to play under stress.
It is easy in this way. Tottenham’s story is this.”
“Twenty years there is the owner and they never won something – but why?
The fault is only for the club, or for every manager that stays here.”