Gary Neville has urged Tottenham to keep Antonio Conte ‘right where he is and do his job’ to finish in the top four despite his impressive rant… before defending his record at Salford City after being accused of double Jamie Carragher standards
- Gary Neville believes Antonio Conte’s Spurs must ensure a top four finish
- The Italian manager went on a remarkable rant against the players and management
- Neville had to defend himself from Jamie Carragher’s attacks at Salford City
Gary Neville believes Tottenham Hotspur must keep Antonio Conte in place to do the job he was hired to do – and help them secure Champions League football next season.
Following Spurs’ 3-3 draw at Southampton on Saturday, the 53-year-old Italian boss launched a stunning tirade that hit out at the mentality of the players, and questioned what the higher-ups had done management at the club for two decades.
Question marks hang over Conte’s future at the club, with his contract set to expire at the end of the current campaign, but his comments have led some to believe his departure from the club is imminent.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher said the Italian should be sacked by the Tottenham board for his outburst, saying his position in north London was ‘unworkable’.
But his teammate Gary Neville has come out to claim that Spurs need to keep Conte in place so he can fix their problems, without just leaving him in the hotseat.
Antonio Conte hit out at his players and the Spurs heirarchy after Saturday’s 3-3 draw
Gary Neville tweeted that Tottenham should let Conte finish his job at the north London club
This led to a Twitter back and forth between Neville and teammate Jamie Carragher (left)
Earlier on Sunday, the former Manchester United right-back tweeted: ‘Many say Conte should go this morning. I’ll keep him where he is and do his work.’
This led to an extraordinary back-and-forth on Twitter between Carragher and Neville, which led to the latter having to defend his record as part-owner of Salford City for eight seasons.
The former Liverpool man questioned Neville’s comments to Conte, believing it was a double standard after an incident in Salford. Richie Wellens was manager between 2020 and 2021, before being ejected after similar abuse of players.
When asked why this should not apply to Tottenham, Neville replied: ‘Errrr Conte and spurs can finish top 4 . We can’t!’
Neville says Spurs can still finish in the top four, and defend themselves from double standards
Neville defends his record at Salford City, citing a number of promotions and their EFL Trophy win
Their league position is Tottenham’s only route to Champions League football next season, after they were knocked out of this year’s tournament by AC Milan.
The former Liverpool man disputed Neville’s claim that Salford could not be promoted, by posting a table showing them within touching distance of the playoff places.
However, Neville hit back, saying: ‘Conte is in 4th place, we are in free fall 6 points from the play offs to 9th with the biggest budget in the league! I know I’m watching.’
Conte’s Spurs need to finish in the top four to secure Champions League football next season
Jamie Carragher has joked that Neville ‘pocketed’ Man United to win a row with him
Neville went on to defend his record at Salford, securing four promotions and winning the EFL Trophy, before leaving his role.
The 48-year-old also highlighted Manchester United’s failure to win the league trophy during that period, the decade Ed Woodward was executive vice-chairman at the club.
Carragher joked back: ‘Battering Man Utd to win an argument with me about Salford & Ed Woodward.’
Conte’s Tottenham currently sit fourth in the Premier League, just one point behind Man United, but have played two games.