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Tottenham Coach Questions Future Amid Personal Tragedies

Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte

January 19, (THEWILL) – Tottenham coach, Antonio Conte, is considering his future with the club after experiencing a difficult period due to the loss of three close friends, Gian Piero Ventrone, Sinisa Mihajlovic and Gianluca Vialli. He has one more year left on his contract, but has hinted that he may not continue his tenure as coach.

In an interview with reporters, Conte said, “This season is a difficult season under personal aspect because to lose three people I knew very well, first Giampiero, then Sinisa and now Gianluca, it was not simple. When this kind of situation happens, they bring you to have important reflection. Because many times we think and we give a lot of importance to our work and we forget the family.”

The Italian coach, who took over at Tottenham in November 2021, currently resides away from his family in Italy, but flies back when possible. His daughter, Vittoria, is studying for exams, with wife, Elisabetta, remaining in Rome with her to assist her education.

“Having my family in Italy is not good,” he said. “But when you have a son or daughter or kids [going to] school, you have to respect them because if every year or every two seasons you have to move your kids and totally change the environment, I don’t want to affect the life of my family.”

Tottenham, whom Conte guided to fourth spot last season, are currently fifth in the Premier League with 33 points from 19 games. They have also qualified for the UEFA Champions League last-16 where they will face Milan. The team’s next match is against Manchester City in the league on Thursday amid a run of eight games before the end of February.