Tottenham prepare for talks with Antonio Conte over his exit with the Italian due £4m in compensation – as Ryan Mason takes training with former Spurs midfielder a contender to take temporary charge
Tottenham are preparing talks with Antonio Conte over the terms of his expected exit, with Ryan Mason taking the team as they trained for the first time since the Italian’s vicious verbal attack.
Chairman Daniel Levy is ready to sack Conte during the current international break with internal discussions over the terms of his exit now underway.
The Italian has just three months left on his current deal, which is worth £15million a year – meaning Conte is due in the region of £4million in compensation, excluding the money owed to his staff.
Discussions over a potential severance package have now taken place at Tottenham, though there are no indications yet of what Conte might agree to.
Spurs hold an option to extend Conte’s deal by an extra 12 months, however it is understood there is no obligation for Spurs to compensate their current head coach for that extension clause.
Tottenham Hotspur are preparing talks over the terms of the departure of boss Antonio Conte
Chairman Daniel Levy (pictured) is ready to sack Conte during the current international break
First-team coach Ryan Mason (above) is a contender to replace Conte on a short-term basis
Mason took the team on Tuesday in the absence of boss Conte, who is in Italy with his family
If an agreement is reached, Conte’s departure is expected to be concluded at a swift pace.
Mason, who works under the Italian, is a contender to replace Conte on a short-term basis and he took the team on Tuesday in his absence.
Conte has returned to Italy to spend time with his family during the international break.
Tuesday’s session was the first since the Conte’s stunning verbal tirade against his own players, which looks likely to cost him his job at Spurs.
The club have already started identifying candidates to replace Conte on a long term basis.
Though if Mason is handed the reins on an interim basis and impresses in the remaining 10 matches he could yet come into contention as a long-term option.
Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino and Luis Enrique are among the most high-profile names currently under consideration.
Roberto De Zerbi, Marco Silva, Steve Cooper, Thomas Frank, Oliver Glasner and Ange Postecoglou are among the others also being considered.
Post source: Daily mail