Kieron Dyer has admitted Antonio Conte was right in his explosive rant, as “everything he said has come true” and the Tottenham players “cost him his job”.
Conte’s tenure at Tottenham lasted just 16 months and ended in bitter fashion. Indeed, the manager unleashed on his players after a 3-3 draw with Southampton.
The Italian called the Spurs players “selfish” and admitted he believed they “only played for themselves”. Unsurprisingly, that was the final straw of his time at the club.
What came before that was a good turnaround, with Conte’s first season following a seventh-placed finish in the prior campaign. He inspired Spurs to a fourth-placed finish and had them in the same position when he left.
Since then, things have gone downhill. Of the four games the north London outfit have played since his departure, they’ve lost twice – to Newcastle United and Bournemouth – drawn once and won once.
They’ve also conceded 11 goals in those four games. The most of those that has come in one match was the recent loss to Newcastle, as they were battered – the game finishing 6-1.
Five of those goals came in the first 21 minutes, which led to Clinton Morrison labelling Spurs “embarrassing” and admitting Cristian Stellini could get the sack, despite having only just taken over from Conte.
Former Premier League footballer Dyer has piled onto the Tottenham attack, too.
Dyer feels Conte was right
Indeed, Dyer has admitted the Newcastle result gives good reason to Conte’s comments and shows he was right in his assessment of his players.
“There was a lot made about Conte when he came out with his outburst about the Spurs players, but this is why he gave the outburst,” Dyer said on Sky Sports.
“Everything that he said in that press conference has come true. The Spurs players cost the manager his job, they’re that bad.
“We said the full-backs would be a problem, the centre-halves have been poor, the midfielders have been poor and they’ve been put to the sword.”
That things have gotten worse since Conte left ratifies his opinions, and shows he may have been what was propping the side up.
Tottenham have ‘let fans down’
Dyer also feels that this performance is one that has let down Tottenham’s fans.
“It’s just a shame that Spurs have been so poor. They’ve let the fans down, they’ve let everyone associated with the club down,” he said.
On top of that, he felt Stellini’s tactical decision making left a lot to be desired.
“He took half an hour to change to a five at the back, but the game is over then,” Dyer added.