Cristian Stellini took over as manager of Tottenham Hotspur after Antonio Conte was fired, but he has now followed the Italian out the door ahead of the match against Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur will face Liverpool at Anfield this weekend with their third manager of the season, after interim Cristian Stellini was fired on Monday.
After Antonio Conte left Tottenham Hotspur by mutual consent on March 26, the Italian was appointed as the club’s interim manager. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has already relieved Stellini of his duties less than a month into his caretaker role.
His departure follows a humiliating 6-1 loss to Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Sunday, a game in which the visitors conceded five goals in the first 21 minutes.
Stellini was Conte’s assistant manager before being promoted to head coach by Levy after Conte’s departure. He did not win any of his three games as manager, drawing 1-1 with Everton before losing 3-2 at home to relegation-threatened Bournemouth. Spurs’ shocking defeat at Eddie Howe’s Magpies, on the other hand, has compelled the club’s top brass to take immediate action.
“Sunday’s performance against Newcastle was wholly unacceptable,” Levy said in a statement posted on Tottenham’s official website this evening. It was heartbreaking to witness. We can look at many reasons why this happened, and while I, the board, the coaches, and the players must all take collective responsibility, ultimately the blame falls on my shoulders.
“Cristian and his coaching staff will leave their current positions.” Cristian stepped in during a difficult period in our season, and I want to thank him for the professionalism with which he and his coaching staff handled themselves during such a difficult time. We wish him and his team the best of luck.
“Ryan Mason will take over as head coach immediately.” Ryan is well-versed in the club and its players. In due course, we will provide an update on his coaching staff.
“I met with the Player Committee today — the team is determined to work together to finish the season as strong as possible.” We are all in agreement that we must deliver performances worthy of your incredible support.”
Following Conte’s departure, young coach Mason was appointed Stellini’s assistant coach, but now the 31-year-old former Tottenham defender has been thrust into the top job himself and will bring fifth-placed Spurs to Anfield on Sunday to face Jürgen Klopp’s side.
But, before they travel to Merseyside, Tottenham must face Manchester United at home on Thursday, with their Champions League qualification hopes still alive, despite the apparent chaos off the field.
Liverpool is three points behind the capital club in seventh place, but they have a game in hand.