Inside Antonio Conte's Tottenham sacking: Transfer complaints, off-field tragedy and family ties in Italy led to Southampton EXPLOSION

Antonio Conte's second spell in English football is over, and it ended in much the same way as his tenure at Chelsea did in 2018, with a clear division between him and the men running the club from the boardroom.

The difference is, the Blues won a Premier League title and FA Cup under Conte, while Tottenham extended their long-running trophy drought to 15 years.

Conte has always been known as a serial winner, but he never came close to delivering silverware in north London, despite any preconceived notions he may have had over being the man to change the mentality of a club that has become so accustomed to failure.

Spurs managed to regain a place in the Premier League's top four in Conte's first season at the helm, but it never felt like the first step in a long-term project. The Italian tactician's contract was due to expire this summer, and he spent most of his final months at the club dodging questions over his future.

Conte was clearly reluctant to commit himself to a longer stay, and the uncertainty surrounding his position had a negative impact on the team, who have spectacularly underperformed in 2022-23 - even by the standards of a modern-day Tottenham side.

So, what exactly led to Conte's inevitable exit? GOAL looks at the key reasons behind his sacking below...

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