Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that Cristian Stellini has left his role as their interim head coach following their 6-1 Premier League loss to Newcastle United on Sunday, April 23. The Italian coach only took charge of four games at Spurs after filling in as a replacement for Antonio Conte.
Tottenham Hotspur Announce Cristian Stellini Departure
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Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy Makes Statement on Stellini
There was a lot of speculation over the future of Stellini in North London after the crushing loss to Newcastle and Spurs even reportedly held an internal meeting to discuss the future of the interim boss soon after that loss. They confirmed the departure of Conte’s former assistant, who had accepted the position after Conte was sacked.
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In a statement on tottenhamhotspur.com, chairman Daniel Levy spoke about the immediate future of the head coach position and said: “Sunday’s performance against Newcastle was wholly unacceptable. It was devastating to see. We can look at many reasons why it happened and whilst myself, the Board, the coaches and players must all take collective responsibility, ultimately the responsibility is mine.
“Cristian will leave his current role along with his coaching staff. Cristian stepped in at a difficult point in our season and I want to thank him for the professional manner in which he and his coaching staff have conducted themselves during such a challenging time. We wish him and his staff well. Ryan Mason will take over Head Coach duties with immediate effect. Ryan knows the Club and the players well. We shall update further on his coaching staff in due course.”
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Can Ryan Mason Be an Upgrade Over Stellini?
This will not be the first time that Mason fills in on an interim basis at Tottenham since he had to cut his playing career short after suffering a fractured skull while playing for Hull City in 2017.
In 2021, after Jose Mourinho was fired by Spurs, the Englishman stepped into an interim role and took charge of Spurs for seven games – which included the Carabao Cup final – which the Lilywhites lost 1-0 to Manchester City.
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Mason won four of the seven games in charge and lost three, having a topsy-turvy record. He is known for being popular among the Tottenham players and can probably use that to motivate them to turn their form around for the final seven Premier League games of the season. That and his previous record at Spurs indicates that he can do a better job than Stellini, and he’ll hope to get some luck from the ‘new manager bounce’ in his first two games against Manchester United and Liverpool. He’ll be in charge of Spurs until the end of the season as the club continues its search for a new head coach.