Jamie Carragher believes Antonio Conte will need more than 18 months to challenge Tottenham, as the Sky Sports expert says it will be ‘difficult’ for the Italian to replicate Chelsea’s success in such a short time.
Jamie Carragher believes Antonio Conte may need more than 18 months for Tottenham to challenge again, as the Sky Sports expert reveled at the prospect of the Italian returning to the Premier League.
Conte, 52, is close to agreeing to £ 15.5 million per year to take the hot seat in North London after the club fired Nuno Espirito Santo. The deal will reportedly run for 18 months.
Should the Italians take over from the Spurs, it will be his first return to management in England since leaving Chelsea in 2018, having broken into the league title with the Blues for the first time in 2016-17.
Jamie Carragher believes that Antonio Conte will need more than 18 months to turn the Spurs around
However, Carragher cautioned that the astute strategist may not have such an instant impact on Spurs, as the club in crisis went from Champions League finalists to Europa Conference League contenders in the space of two years.
“I would love Conte back in the Premier League,” Carragher said before Monday Night Football on Sky sports.
“I think it was a revelation the first time, he is a brilliant character, his personality, I would love to see him back in the Premier League so I hope it gets done.”
The Italian is understood to be close to agreeing to a £ 15.5 million a year deal to become Spurs boss.
Conte, 52, made an instant impact at Chelsea, where he won the Premier League in his freshman year.
“ I think it will take a manager over 18 months to turn Tottenham around and while I am a huge fan of Antonio Conte and how fast … the success he had with Chelsea and all the clubs he’s been to … I think it would be very difficult to replicate that success in 18 months. ‘
Carragher says Conte may need three full years before the Spurs are among the top contenders for top honors in England, and he thinks there is “a lot of work to be done” in North London.
“I think it could take another 18 months on top of that to get Tottenham back, maybe a challenge.”
However, Carragher has warned that such a rebound should not be expected at Tottenham.
‘When I say “get Tottenham back”, maybe back to where they were [Mauricio] Pochettino, where they felt they had a chance to win trophies and push people for the title, the Champions League year after year.
I think there is a lot of work to be done, do I think Conte can change that in 18 months? I think it will be difficult for a man of his caliber.
“I think this team is capable of competing for the CL positions and they are not within a million miles of that at the moment. Tottenham as a club should always aspire to be in that position.
The Sky Sports insider is also delighted with the prospect of Conte returning to the Premier League.
“I think Antonio Conte, if he took that job, I think Tottenham maybe not this season, but certainly in the future you will look at them and think ‘oh yeah, they can certainly make it to the Champions League’ because it can make a big difference. as he has shown throughout his career. ‘
Conte has yet to be announced as Spurs’ new boss, but Sportsmail understands that the Tottenham team has been told to be prepared for the possibility of the Italian training on Tuesday morning.
Conte has been out of work since leaving Inter Milan at the end of last season, leaving the San Siro after winning Serie A with the Italian giants for the first time since 2010.