Tottenham name new head coach until end of season as Antonio Conte departs


Tottenham have named Cristian Stellini as their caretaker manager for the rest of the season.

Antonio Conte’s departure was confirmed late on Sunday night after talks over his future, with the club defining his exit as by “mutual consent”.

Previously serving as Conte’s assistant at Inter Milan and then Spurs, Stellini has stepped up under the official job title of acting head coach for the final 10 games of the Premier League campaign.

Ryan Mason, who had widely been tipped to assume the post, will be Stellini’s assistant.

The news follows his stint in charge of Spurs during Conte’s absence following gallbladder surgery, as well as when the head coach was banned for the Champions League trip to Marseille.

Stellini enjoyed an initially positive set of results, winning his first four games before demoralising defeats to Sheffield United and Wolves.

Chairman Daniel Levy has called on the club to “step up” and secure qualification for next season’s Champions League.

He said: “We have 10 Premier League games remaining and we have a fight on our hands for a Champions League place.

“We all need to pull together. Everyone has to step up to ensure the highest possible finish for our Club and amazing, loyal supporters.”