ANTONIO CONTE says no manager in the world could offer a quick fix to Tottenham’s woes – because they were 20 years ago.
The Italian, who was appointed Spurs boss in November, has admitted the task of turning the success-hungry north Londoners into winners is more difficult than expected.
After beating 4-0 in the league at Leeds on Saturday, they lost 1-0 in the FA Cup at Championship Middlesbrough on Tuesday to extend a 14-year trophy drought.
Ahead of their home game against Everton on Monday, Conte said: “I’ve always said that from day one. Tottenham’s story is this – lots of ups and downs.
“But to be competitive, to try to win something, to fight for something important and to become a strong team, you have to be stable first and avoid those ups and downs.
“Doing this and changing this situation that has been happening at Tottenham for many, many years is not easy.
“In a short period of time that’s impossible, not just for me but I think for any manager or coach that comes in and changes history in a second.
“Especially when this club has been in such a situation for 20 years.”
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Spurs’ 1-0 defeat at Burnley last month prompted Conte to question the club, its players and his own position in astonishing post-game chatter – but he was surprisingly calm after the Riverside defeat.
He said: “Of course sometimes you have to get upset. I think it’s normal to be angry when we lose.
“One thing is to be angry when we lose and another to talk about my reaction and emotions.
“It’s normal to be angry sometimes and sometimes you can handle the situation differently.
“But we must be disappointed. Me, the players and the club – because we were eliminated by Middlesbrough.
“It’s a shame because the FA Cup could have been a target for us, at least to keep us focused.
“And now we only have the second part of the season to play.”
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