Antonio Conte exit: Whoever is the coach, we players will play for him, says Dejan Kulusevski

Tottenham Hotspur wide player Dejan Kulusevski stated that the players will stand behind the club's decision.

Antonio Conte in a file photo. (Twitter: @premierleague)
By Karthik Raman | Mar 28, 2023 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Tottenham Hotspur supporters were in for a major shock when it was announced that their manager Antonio Conte will leave the club. With the team approaching the business end of the campaign, the last thing their supporters would want is a change in the managerial job. Conte left the club following his public rant towards the players after the 3-3 draw at Southampton. Many feared for Conte’s position at the hotseat following his press conference comments.

For some it was an expected outcome, while others find it difficult to digest the fact of seeing a manager leaving at this point of the season. Now the team will be managed by Conte’s right-hand man Cristian Stellini. Tottenham Hotspur wide player Dejan Kulusevski stated that the players will stand behind the club’s decision. “It’s not me who decides. Whoever is the coach, we players will always accept and play for him and for everyone else,” he told Swedish outlet Fotbollskanalen.

“Now the club made this decision because they think it is the best and we players stand behind that. [It’s] always sad when a person you work with and have grown close to has to leave. But life goes on and you just have to move on. He has been very important. I have learned a lot from him and I will always remember him, but right now we have his assistant who I know very well. Then we’ll see who comes in next season, but I enjoy the city and the club very much.”

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Jamie Redknapp on Antonio Conte’s exit

Meanwhile, Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp also spoke about the unpleasant developments at Tottenham Hotspur. He reckons that Conte’s position with the owners of Tottenham became untenable following his public rant. “I said after the game against Southampton that Antonio Conte’s position became untenable. Not so much among the players because a lot of what he said he’s said before to the players. I think it was more when he spoke about the culture at the club and speaking about the last 15 years,” Sky Sports’ pundit Redknapp said.

“He can’t be speaking about the players because those players haven’t really been there that long – you can’t really blame them. But when he said what he said I think his position became untenable with the owners. With 10 games to go they would have been scrambling around but have decided to go with what they already had at the club and not somebody like Mauricio Pochettino. What that tells you is Daniel Levy doesn’t really think he’s the right man for the club going forward.”

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