We have seen it all before haven’t we.
Spurs sack manager. Spurs bring in “serial winner”. Spurs fans get all excited. Serial winner wins nothing. Spurs sack manager.
The appointment of Antonio Conte has a bit of deja vu about it.
It was not too long ago that their fans were celebrating bring in serial winner Jose Mourinho. Claiming that he would turn them from trophyless laughing stock to a winning team. We all know what happened.
Conte is actually not too dissimilar to Mourinho.
He goes into teams, spends a lot of money, brings in a functional brand of football, wins trophies, fills out with players and then leaves.
Like Mourinho, Spurs will be a different challenge for Conte than his previous clubs.
He is not coming into to talented but underperforming squad. Not will Tottenham hand him hundreds of millions to spend – despite rumours of him getting a “£150m January transfer kitty”.
Changing manager does not change Spurs’ precarious financial situation. Having to finance a £1bn stadium in the post-Covid19 era is going to be tough.
Finances were the reason Conte did not take the job in the summer.
He wanted to much money. And wanted to spend too much money.
Daniel Levy has relented and agreed to pay Conte £15m a year. But they still do not have a pot to piss in.
Their biggest mistake last summer was not selling Harry Kane.
That decision has cost them over £100m and left them with an unhappy striker.
Conte might get a tune out of him for the rest of the season; but will he push once more for a move next summer? Or is he now mentally shot that he has little interest in football? Maybe early retirement and life on a Barbadian golf course is in his near future.
So Spurs fans are all getting excited. But ultimately we will all know how it ends.
Conte will win nothing. Will leave in 18 months. And Tottenham fans will be talking up their new manager like he will return the club to greatness.
Over 5000 games without a trophy.
Have a good Wednesday.