Antonio Conte believes there is no manager who can solve Tottenham Hotspur’s problems quickly, citing the club’s instability as a recurring problem for decades.
Former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss Nuno Espirito Santos has been sacked by the club in November and has struggled in various ways since his arrival.
Extremely high results, such as the hurricane-led raid on Premier League champions Manchester City, have been followed by humiliating defeats, such as the defeat of Burnley.
The FA Cup exit to Middlesbrough in the middle of the week confirms another empty season and their inconsistency means a long Champions League exit.
Conte emphasized that the decision was not a signal of a formal antitrust inquiry into the club, but said it was “impossible” for the club to be prepared. No coach can change their story.
“For sure, to have this up and down I don’t like,” he was speaking ahead of Monday’s game against Everton. “I always said this from my first day when I arrived.
“Tottenham’s story is this, many ups and downs, but to be competitive, to try to win something, to try to fight for something important and become a strong team, the first thing that has to happen is to be stable and avoid these ups and downs.
“To do this and to change this type of situation that is happening for many, many years in Tottenham, it’s not simple.
“In a short time it’s impossible to do this, not only for me but I think for any manager or coach to come in and change the story in one second. This [is the] story of this club for the last 20 years – especially when this club for 20 years has this type of situation.”
Conte was more than one turn of fate for Tottenham Hotspur when he faced Frank Lampard’s Toffees in north London trying to avoid an undesirable record.
Tottenham have lost their last two home league matches on a three-game losing streak at their stadium under Juande Ramos from May to September 2008. This is a first for Conte.
Roberto Mancini is the only player in the history of the competition (seven games against Wigan Athletic) to score without conceding a goal.