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Written By Onyeka Daniel

Before Antonio Conte’s exit from Tottenham Hotspur was confirmed, there were reports that a host of the club’s first team players were unhappy with him following his explosive interview in their 3-3 draw against Southampton before the international break.

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Previous report had it that the club was hoping to retain his services until the end of the season before shopping for a new coach to take charge of the team for the 2023/24 season.

But it looks like the club have finally acquiesced to the wishes of their player and relieved Conte as first team coach with his assistant, Cristian Stellini taking over on an interim basis.


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But in a sharp contrast to the report, Son Heung-min has now come out to claim being responsible for the sacking of the former Inter Milan and Juventus coach after failing to recreate his excellent form of last season. This can be interpreted as him being against the sacking as he felt Conte was right in his àssessment that the players weren’t putting much effort.

Son helped fire Spurs into the Champions League under Conte last season by winning the Premier League golden boot with 23 goals. But the South Korea international scored only six in the League this season before Conte’s exit was confirmed few days ago.

Speaking after South Korea’s defeat to Uruguay on Tuesday, Son said: “I’m very sorry to him [Conte]. He is a world-class manager, we had a great journey together, I thank him a lot. I do not know how other players are thinking about him, but I’m sorry to him.

“I should have shown more, but I couldn’t. I couldn’t help the team and I feel responsible as he left the club. He surely has great ability and experience as a coach and I’m sure he’ll have great success in his other career.”

Tottenham travel to relegation-threatened Everton next Monday in their first game of post-Conte era qnd Son added: “Coming back to Spurs, I wish to finish the rest of the season in a great way with my team-mates, for our club.”

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The club’s sporting director, Fabio Paratici, who was also expected to follow Conte out of the club, but managed to retain his place has now she’d more lights on the club’s choices with retaining Cristian Stellini and drafting Ryan Mason to help him out.

“So, Cristian managed the team even when Antonio was sick this season and was good. “He has a lot of experience as a second and he was even first coach in the past, in some years in the past, so then we have even Ryan Mason who can help him a lot; he has been a part of this Club for a long time, and he knows everything about this Club and this kind of group of players.

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“So, I think we are really really really confident that these two people can do a very very good job.” He said. He also offered some insight on Conte’s exit: “We know how difficult this season was for him personally, Gian Piero [Ventrone] died and [Gianluca] Vialli and then his surgery.

“The Club supported him a lot with it and everyone is close to each other but then we arrive in this mutual agreement, and I think the decision that we made was the right decision for everyone.” He further added.

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