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It’s Time For Antonio Conte To Leave — Jamie O’ Hara



Antonio Conte To Leave -- Jamie O' Hara

Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara has called for the club’s manager, Antonio Conte, to leave after their Champions League exit to Italian side AC Milan on Wednesday.

Tottenham drew 0-0 at home against AC Milan, having lost the first leg 1-0 in Italy, and were eliminated from the competition. Conte’s side needed a draw or an outright victory on home soil, but they produced little going forward and were booed off at the final whistle by their own fans.

O’Hara, who has been a vocal critic of Conte’s tactics this season, believes that the Italian manager’s style of play is “diabolical” and “awful to watch”. He believes that it is time for the 53-year-old to leave the club, and for former manager Mauricio Pochettino to return for a second stint in charge.

“I think the time has come for Conte to go,” O’Hara said on talkSPORT. “He doesn’t look like he wants to be there, and the players are not getting what he wants to do. Put him out of his misery, put everyone out of their misery, get Poch [Pochettino] in and move on. Let him have three months till the end of the season to see what he’s got. Then he has a pre-season, and next season we might get top four.”

O’Hara has been critical of Conte’s tactics, which he believes are overly defensive and lack creativity. He feels that the Italian manager’s approach has contributed to a recent run of poor results, which has seen Tottenham slip to seventh in the Premier League table.

“The time has come for Pochettino to return,” O’Hara said. “The football is diabolical, it is awful to watch. I’d rather watch paint dry.”

Pochettino, who led Tottenham to the Champions League final in 2019, left the club to join Paris Saint-Germain in January 2021. He has been linked with a return to Tottenham in recent months, with some reports suggesting that he could be tempted to come back if the club’s current form continues.

However,  it remains to be seen whether Tottenham would be willing to pay the compensation required to release Antonio Conte from his deal.