Antonio Conte is set for talks over his Tottenham future after questioning whether he is the right man for the job.
The Spurs boss said his side were showing the form of relegation candidates after they slumped to a fourth defeat in five Premier League games at Burnley on Wednesday night.
“I have to talk to the club,” said Conte. “I am too honest to close my eyes and continue in this way, and also take my salary.
“I want to take my responsibility. I am open for every decision because I want to help Tottenham.
“Four defeats in the last five games, this is the first time in my life this type of situation has happened. This is unacceptable.
“I came in to try and improve the situation with Tottenham but maybe in this moment, I am not so good to improve it.
“I’m trying to do everything to change the situation but the situation is not changing.
“Someone has to speak about the race for the fourth place, and the reality from the last five games is we have to pay attention to not fight for the relegation zone.
“This is the truth, this is the reality, and when this type of situation happens, maybe there is something wrong.
“I’m too honest to close my eyes and to continue to say, ‘OK I want to finish the season in this way and OK my salary is good’. I want to make an assessment with the club.’
“This is a disaster. It’s a disaster for a club like Tottenham. It means that sadly it’s not going in the best way,” he said.
“When I say about making an assessment, for sure I have to speak with the club. I have to speak with the club to talk and find the right solution because, I repeat, it’s not right to continue this way.
“I came here to improve the situation, but at the moment, the situation is not improving. I need to speak with the club. I am available. I am open. For sure, I can’t accept this type of situation. I don’t like to lose games in a row in this way.”
Conte arrived at Spurs in November to succeed the sacked Nuno Espirito Santo, just a few months after inspiring Inter Milan to win their first Serie A crown in 11 years and breaking Juventus’ nine-year stranglehold on the Italian title.
He also won the Premier League in his first season with Chelsea and set off Juve’s dominant decade by leading the Old Lady to their first title since the Calciopoli scandal in 2012.
Conte’s comments come just a week after he spoke out against the club’s ambition in an explosive interview with Sky Italia, in which he lamented losing players such as Dele Alli and Tanguy Ndombele in the January transfer window and buying “not ready” players in an apparent swipe at new arrivals Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur. — Daily Mail.