Tottenham have found a ‘perfect’ manager in Conte: Sheringham

Former Tottenham Hotspur star Teddy Sheringham standing inside the Tottenham Stadium. (Photo: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE – Tottenham Hotspur are flying high in the Principality of England (EPL): third in the table, level on points with champions Manchester City and just a point behind leaders Arsenal.

This Saturday (October 1), they could even have the chance to leapfrog the Gunners to become EPL leaders, if they beat their rivals in the highly-anticipated North London derby at the Emirates Stadium .

It won’t be easy at Arsenal’s home ground, but Spurs looked a different animal under manager Antonio Conte: tough, resilient and ready to go the distance. It’s a long way from the Spurs of the previous year, when they would entertain the crowds but not have the mental attitude to see victory.

However, former Tottenham star Teddy Sheringham believes that while Conte is the “perfect” manager for Spurs, they still have some way to go in their bid for the EPL title.

“I think Conte is the perfect manager for Tottenham at the moment,” said the 56-year-old, who was in Singapore over the weekend as a guest for the annual charity golf tournament and gala dinner of AIA, Tottenham’s official sponsor.

“I like the discipline that is instilled among the team, There is a lot of desire and commitment to the 100-per-cent focus and effort that Conte demands. I like a lot of what I am seeing at the moment, and may he live on.”

‘Spurs will be much closer to the top this season’

Conte took over at Tottenham about one-third into the 2021/22 EPL season, following a series of poor results from his predecessor Nuno Espirito Santo. The Italian, who won the league title with Chelsea in 2017, instantly lifted the team with his trademark intensity and tactical acuity, as Spurs rose from mid-table to finish fourth last season.

This pre-season, Conte’s demands on his team were barely met during pre-season, when video clips circulated of players such as Harry Kane and Son Heung-min vomiting and collapsing in exhaustion during training. But the early results are encouraging as they have failed after seven games in the EPL.

“I don’t think they will win the league for any length of time, Man City and Liverpool will be too consistent throughout the season,” said Sheringham, who scored 124 goals in 277 games for Spurs over two spells (1992 to 1997, 2001 to 2003) and had a trophy-laden spell with Manchester United in between.

“But the points are on the board, so they will be much closer than they were last season. And that’s all you can ask for, progress within the football club.”

But will Conte, who has a reputation for wearing out his players – and himself – with his all-consuming intensity, be able to last at Tottenham longer than the two, three-year spells at his previous clubs?

“If the club continues to move forward, who knows?” said Sheringham, before adding a sly grin. “He’s in charge of the best club in London, he’s got the best home situation in England, why would he look anywhere else?”

Are there any secrets to his long career?

With the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo trying to play at elite level even in their late thirties, it’s easy to forget that Sheringham was one of the leading lights in carving out a long and successful career at the top. his game.

He still holds the record for oldest outfielder to appear in an EPL match (40 years, 272 days) and oldest player to score in an EPL match (40 years, 268 days), having scored for West Ham in 2006. He also earned 51 caps for England, and was selected by then coach Sven-Goran Eriksson for the 2002 World Cup when he was 36.

Is there a secret to their longevity?

Sheringham smiled with a shrug and said, “I’m just very lucky that I had good genes. My father was very skinny, very lean, and he played his sport until he was 77. I think that I just followed him; there’s no big secret about what I’ve done.”

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