Tottenham boss Antonio Conte admits that longevity is key to success after hinting that he is ready to extend his stay at the club.
The Italian’s current deal runs out in the summer of 2023, after he penned an 18-month contract when he initially replaced Nuno Espirito Santo as Spurs manager.
But after guiding Tottenham to a Champions League spot last season and having a successful summer transfer window so far, Conte admits that staying with a club longer presents more chance of success.
He told reporters, ahead of Saturday’s Premier League opener against Southampton: “I think so [it is the best way to go]. If you are with the same manager for many years, you bring continuity and you continue ambition.
“It’s the best situation for the club to improve and to grow season by season. The vision is one, it’s not another vision with another manager.
“For sure to have a coach for many years you reduce the time because you give continuity to the work with the manager and the players. For me after seven months it’s easier to work with the players. You know each other.”
Conte‘s own record for hanging around at clubs is not the best. However, he revealed that sometimes certain aspects of the job make it impossible to stay.
He added: “First of all I need to stay well in the club. I like always the honest. If you tell me one thing and then you have to respect this. I don’t like the people who told me one thing and then during the season after one year or two changed it. If you tell me a good lie you don’t have a lot of luck with me. I hate lying and liars.”
Conte content at Tottenham
Conte also admits how content he is at the club now, after a period early in his tenure where he looked far from happy.
He added: “I have to be honest. From the first day when I arrived in Tottenham I was really happy because I always said that I found a club, a modern club with a great stadium and fantastic training ground. Everything that a coach aspires to find when you sign a contract.
“I said I want to build something important with this club because I like to win. I said it will be very important to match these two situations, to bring the club to fight for something important in every season.
“You know very well that every season only one wins the Premier League, the Champions League, the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup.
“To become a stable club in a good position. Other clubs want to do the same though so it will be very difficult.”
More Tottenham transfers could happen
As for the prospect of Spurs adding any more signings to their haul of six already, Conte added: “For sure we are trying to do things with common sense. I know only this way. It’s not simple.
“You have to try to not make mistakes, especially in the transfer window with the club. But I think we’re doing good things.
“If you want to fight for important achievements, then you have to work and work to improve in every moment to improve the club.”
However, one new signing who will not play a part in the season opener is Yves Bissouma.
The Mali midfielder is currently suffering from a slight hamstring injury and will be risked against Saints.