I’ll start by being honest – back in the summer when Spurs were heavily linked with appointing Antonio Conte as our new Head Coach, I wasn’t in favour of it.
I didn’t doubt Conte was a highly impressive coach, but instead I had my heart set on Spurs appointing someone with a more attacking philosophy that was more in keeping with the now infamous ‘Spurs DNA’. Pochettino would have been the dream as you can see from another article I wrote back in the summer, but if I had the choice of Conte or either ten Hag or Potter, I preferred one of the latter options.
However, following the calamitous four month spell of Nuno Espirito Santo, questions of our DNA feel less important and instead what matters is bringing someone to the club who gives us the best chance of success and more importantly, joy.
For one, ten Hag and Potter both allegedly turned down Spurs in the summer, and given how well both of their respective sides are currently doing it would appear next to impossible that either were realistic options at this moment in time.
Enter Antonio Conte.
Just a week ago it looked like the Italian was on his way to Old Trafford, but after United got the better of Spurs in the match that will forever be known as ‘El Sackico’, it was Nuno rather than Ole relieved of his duties. This gave Spurs the chance to pounce, and that’s exactly what we did.
Conte had all the negotiating power, but it was a move that made sense for both parties. Spurs were able to finally appoint the man they wanted back in the summer, reuniting Conte with Fabio Paratici and finally giving the Spurs fans something to be excited about. We now have a Head Coach that is seemingly at the peak of his powers. The fact he has signed on the dotted line suggests Levy has made promises that you would imagine involve providing him with a significant amount of money to let him build the Spurs side and squad in his own image.
Conte might have been holding out for a bigger job, but he’s now got the chance to achieve genuine greatness at Spurs, and with the likes of Kane, Son, Romero and Hojbjerg already in the team, you would think he believes there is already the makings of something exciting for him to work with. Success at Tottenham in the form of major trophies would undoubtedly be the greatest achievement of his career to date.
So where do I stand now? Supporting Tottenham has been more or less miserable even since Mohamed Salah slotted home that penalty in a scorching-hot Estadio Metropolitano back in June 2019. The appointment of Conte might not resemble the ‘Spurs DNA’ appointment I craved in the summer, but what it does represent is the fact that one of the most talented coaches in Europe is now managing the team I support.
I have missed the feeling of excitement and joy when watching Tottenham – at this moment in time, if anyone can restore that I believe it is the man from Lecce. Whilst I still am not convinced by any means that Levy will provide Conte with the tools to succeed, for the time being it is important to simply enjoy the fact Conte is in the building, and then come January we’ll get the first sense of how much Levy is willing to back him.
At the very least, we now have a far superior Coach to Nuno and that is definitely to be celebrated.
I just hope there will be a few bigger celebrations to be had over the next 18 months – time to find out!