Spurs players expect Conte to leave before next season

Spurs players expect Conte to leave before next season

Tottenham players expect it is only a matter of time before Antonio Conte leaves the club.

Conte is out of contract in the summer and many players now think they will be working under a new head coach next season.

The players are willing to accept responsibility for poor performances and results but there is a sense Conte came close to crossing a line by calling them selfish and questioning their commitment to the club on Saturday after the 3-3 draw at Southampton.

Tottenham do not play again for a fortnight and that has given chairman Daniel Levy a short period of time to decide whether he should take any action against Conte.

Conte has clarified to the Spurs board that his furious outburst was aimed purely at the players and not the owner or the chairman. It is said to be business as usual at Tottenham despite his extraordinary rant.

He also appeared to attack the club's ownership but it is understood Conte's clarification to the board pointed out he asked why only the club and managers take responsibility for not winning while the players get "alibis".

Players and staff are currently on a pre-scheduled two days off and will report back to the training ground on Tuesday, which would have been the case regardless of the result.