David Ornstein drops huge update on next Tottenham manager after Conte makes glaring admission about future

Antonio Conte Tottenham v Fulham Credit: Alamy
Antonio Conte Tottenham v Fulham Credit: Alamy

Transfer specialist David Ornstein has given his take on which manager could replace Antonio Conte at Tottenham after the Italian worryingly admitted his time with the club may be coming to an end.

Tottenham once again fell short in their pursuit of silverware as they were knocked out of the Champions League by AC Milan in the round of 16. They lost 1-0 in Italy in the first leg and were aiming to turn the tie around when Milan visited the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday night.

However, Conte’s side seemingly forgot they had to win by two goals to qualify for the next round as they put in another dire attacking performance, with striker Harry Kane devoid of any service.

After the goalless draw, Conte made a worrying admission about his future. “My contract expires in June, we will see,” he told Italian TV (via the Daily Mail). “They might sack me even before the end of the season, who knows, maybe they are disappointed.”

Former Spurs player Jamie O’Hara, meanwhile, slammed the performance by calling it ‘pathetic’. He urged club chairman Daniel Levy to ‘put Conte out of his misery’ and sack him.

Fellow pundit Rio Ferdinand thinks Spurs fans need to ‘pray’ that Kane decides to become a one-club man. As if they keep on performing how they are, he will almost certainly leave.

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Ornstein has now dropped a big hint over which coach could arrive in north London to replace Conte and save Spurs.

During an appearance on Sky Sports, the journalist said (via the Transfer Tavern): “I don’t think he [Mauricio Pochettino] is any more or less credible, he’s a top manager and a really good character who’s out of work, and will surely come under consideration for any top club.

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“That’s the important thing here, because he may be open to a return to Tottenham, he may be open to other options as well. There’s talk of pressure for Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid and I suspect that Pochettino would be under consideration at clubs like that. There may be other vacancies that arise as well.

“There is a convenience factor here, 1) because Pochettino lives in Hertfordshire; 2) because he knows Tottenham and Daniel Levy well, and there will be that temptation, if and when Antonio Conte leaves, to turn back the clock.”

It seems Spurs will have to fend off interest from Real if they want to reunite with the Argentine. But his good relationship with Levy should help them to win the managerial race.

Ornstein’s comments fit in with what The Times reported on Wednesday. They claim Levy has made Pochettino his number one target.

The only trouble is that director of football Fabio Paratici is opposed to the move. He believes the Spurs squad is more suited to a manager that players with a back three, just like Conte. This suggests Paratici would prefer Thomas Tuchel to replace Conte.

However, Levy will have the final say. And this means Pochettino returning to Spurs will be the most likely solution come the summer.

Meanwhile, Fabrizio Romano has provided a big update on a striker who is wanted by Spurs, Manchester United and Chelsea.

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