The headline news long touted on the Lilywhite half of north London has, late on Sunday, finally been made official.
This comes in the form of confirmation that Tottenham Hotspur head coach Antonio Conte has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect.
In a statement across the club’s website and social media platforms a short time ago, it was announced that:
‘We can announce that Head Coach Antonio Conte has left the Club by mutual agreement. We achieved Champions League qualification in Antonio’s first season at the Club. We thank Antonio for his contribution and wish him well for the future.’
Significantly, it is also added that:
‘Cristian Stellini will take the team as Acting Head Coach for the remainder of the season, along with Ryan Mason as Assistant Head Coach.’
This, of course, means that Spurs’ pursuit of a new long-term answer to the club’s problems in the dugout will have to wait until the summer.
Conte’s exit comes fresh off the Italian making his disillusionment with ongoings in north London clear just a week ago, by way of a remarkable rant.
After a late collapse culminated in the Lilywhites dropping two crucial points away to Southampton, the former Chelsea and Juventus boss took aim at a whole host of figures across the club, including staff, players, and owner Joe Lewis.
In turn, after less than 18 months in the job, it was understandably decided that Conte’s position was no longer tenable.