Arsenal icon Jack Wilshere makes prediction for Antonio Conte’s Tottenham future


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Antonio Conte is going through a tricky time as Tottenham boss (Picture: Getty Images)

Antonio Conte will not be in charge of Tottenham next season unless they qualify for the Champions League, believes Jack Wilshere.

Spurs are going through a sticky patch, losing their last three Premier League games to Wolves, Southampton and Chelsea.

They have dropped to eighth in the table and their battle to grab the fourth Champions League spot appears to be a losing one at this stage, although they retain three games in hand on the likes of Manchester United and West Ham.

Conte is not sounding thrilled with his lot at Spurs at the moment, saying he feels his squad was weakened during the January transfer window, while giving Spurs a ‘one per cent possibility’ of making the top four.

Wilshere thinks that the only way that Conte will be at Spurs next season is if they make that top four and invest in better players for a Champions League campaign.

‘It all depends on where they finish,’ Wilshere told talkSPORT. ‘If they get Champions League they can recruit Champions League players, if not, they probably can’t.’

Asked whether Conte will be there next season, he said: ‘Depends if they finish in the top four. [If they don’t] No.’

Another former Arsenal star, Ian Wright, agrees with Wilshere, questioning why a manager of Conte’s stature would want to stay at Spurs unless he was heavily backed in the summer.

Wright said on the Ringer FC podcast: ‘I feel for Antonio Conte because unless they’ve told him in the summer, “we’re going to give you everything you want”, I cannot see him staying there. I can’t see it.


Conte is cutting a frustrated figure at Spurs (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Spurs cannot carry on how they are now, nothing happening in January, with a manager like Conte. A winning manager, a manager who’s aggressive and wants to win.

‘The way Spurs are at the moment, I’m sorry, that game against Wolves… come on, man. Come on.

‘I don’t know what he’s going to do. I would be frustrated if I was him. I cannot sit here and feel like Conte is happy with his lot unless he knows more than we know in terms of the summer. Why would he stay for that?’

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