Antonio Conte hints at Tottenham exit after Burnley loss

Antonio Conte looked like a manager on the edge after watching his Tottenham Hotspur side lose 1-0 at Burnley on Wednesday night.

The result came just four days after Tottenham’s brilliant 3-2 win at Manchester City, but it was their fourth defeat in five Premier League games.

Conte appeared to criticize the Spurs hierarchy in an interview with Italian media last week, expressing his frustration over a disappointing transfer window in January.

He then suggested his words had been mistranslated, but his message came through loud and clear as he spoke to Sky Sports after the defeat at Turf Moor.

He said there had to be “there was an assessment on the club and on me, because for me it’s very frustrating to lose four games in the last five.

“The situation is clear and I’m really sorry for the fans, because they don’t deserve it. But when you lose four games in the last five games, it means the club has to make an assessment, talk together and understand what is the best solution.”

After being asked whether he wanted to hold a meeting with his players or his employers, Conte continued: “The players are always the same.

“This club is changing coaches but the players are the same. The result does not change.

“I repeat, I am too honest to accept this type of situation and for sure we will take stock with the club.

“It’s not right, it’s not good for everyone to keep losing. I can’t accept this and it’s not good for anyone.”

Conte is contracted to Spurs until June 2023 but it looks likely he could leave much sooner.

In another post-match interview, Conte appeared to hint that he would be ready to step down, rather than wait to be sacked like his predecessors.

“Maybe I’m not that good,” he said, as quoted by LancsLive. “Tottenham called me to change things but I’m being too honest.

“I could just take my salary but I’m too honest.”

Antonio Conte howls in frustration as his Tottenham side lose to Burnley in a rainy Turf Moor

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