Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte has mentioned there’s a “bad habit” in English soccer of membership executives selecting to not converse out and urged the membership’s hierarchy to publicly clarify the membership’s technique.
Spurs are going through renewed questions over their future path after dropping Sunday’s north London derby in opposition to Arsenal to fall 5 factors behind fourth-placed Manchester United, who’ve a recreation in hand.
The dramatic nature of the Arsenal’s rise to the highest of the Premier League, mixed with a trophy drought courting again to 2008 and an absence of tangible progress this season, has elevated scrutiny on Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and homeowners ENIC over their working of the membership.
In an indication of rising dissent, vital sections of Spurs followers have chanted “We want Levy out” at current matches. Levy hardly ever offers media interviews, selecting as a substitute to speak immediately with supporters twice a season: in a md’s message earlier than the final dwelling recreation of each season and in an announcement issued alongside the membership’s annual accounts.
Managing director of soccer Fabio Paratici repeatedly spoke publicly throughout his time in the same position at Juventus however has held only one press convention since becoming a member of Spurs in June 2021.
Conte, who’s out of contract on the finish of the season, has beforehand hinted at a distinction of opinion over how the membership ought to become title contenders, with Spurs habitually limiting themselves available in the market by signing youthful gamers versus the Italian’s choice for extra mature, skilled signings prepared to assist the workforce instantly.
Talking on Tuesday forward of Spurs’ journey to Manchester Metropolis, Conte mentioned: “In England, there is a bad habit that there is only the coach to speak and to explain. I have never seen the medical department come here to explain why this player is having difficulty to recover.
“It is the identical additionally, I’ve by no means seen the membership or sporting director come right here to clarify the technique and imaginative and prescient of the membership. In Italy for instance, earlier than each recreation there’s a particular person from the membership who has to go earlier than the media and reply each query.
“For us, it could be much, much better because otherwise, every time there is only one face to explain a situation which I think is better for the club to explain. But this is a habit and I respect this habit.
“In Italy, it is totally different, the particular person from the membership through the recreation week speaks and explains many conditions. If solely the coach speaks there are typically misunderstandings. I feel it might be good to have the membership current within the media and to talk. Not each week however a minimum of each 15 days or once-a-month.
“In this way it could also be more simple for you [the media] to understand the situation. And not only have one face and always the same face. Believe me it’s difficult because every thing [I] tell could be a criticism or negative, and this is not the truth.”
Pushed on whether or not he had requested anybody on the membership to talk publicly, Conte added: “I am not going to ask anything. This type of situation is good for every club: ‘don’t go into the media’. In this type of situation, it’s a risk to speak always to explain this type of situation. The coach has to stay silent and accept the situation.”