Spurs part company with Conte

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Antonio Conte has left Tottenham by mutual consent in the wake of his stinging blast at the club’s “selfish” players.

Spurs have confirmed Cristian Stellini will take charge for the rest of the season, with Ryan Mason working alongside him as assistant head coach.

Chairman Daniel Levy said: “We have 10 Premier League games remaining and we have a fight on our hands for a Champions League place. We all need to pull together.

“Everyone has to step up to ensure the highest possible finish for our club and amazing, loyal supporters.”

An official statement added: “We achieved Champions League qualification in Antonio’s first season.

“We thank Antonio for his contribution and wish him well for the future.”

Spurs crashed out of the Champions League and FA Cup in the space of a week earlier this month and dropped more points in the race for fourth place at Southampton before the international break.

After finding themselves 3-1 up at St Mary’s with 13 minutes to go, they conceded twice to leave with just a point, sparking Conte’s post-match rant.

The fiery coach pointed the finger at the players and the club’s hierarchy, stating that nothing would change even if he was sacked.

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