Laura Woods, an Arsenal fan, took the opportunity to remind former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara of his comments about Spurs being back following Antonio Conte’s departure from the club. Conte left Tottenham after a public outburst following a 3-3 draw against Southampton, where he criticised his players for being “selfish” and questioned why they couldn’t win trophies under chairman Daniel Levy and owner Joe Lewis. O’Hara had previously praised Conte’s appointment, calling him a “world-class manager”, and said that Arsenal, Leicester, and West Ham would be worried about Spurs being back with him at the helm.
During an appearance on talkSPORT Breakfast with Woods and Rangers legend Ally McCoist, O’Hara was asked how long he thought Spurs were back for. He jokingly replied “about five minutes”, while McCoist added that he must have missed four of those minutes. Woods was genuinely interested in what went wrong with such a good manager, and asked O’Hara how things went so wrong despite Conte being at the top of his game when he was appointed.
O’Hara suggested that recruitment was poor under Conte, and while he spent money, the alarm bells should have been ringing. He also questioned what was going on at Tottenham Hotspur football club, as top managers keep coming in and failing. He pointed out that Mourinho is still a brilliant manager who went to Roma and won a trophy, and he guaranteed that Conte would get a job next season and win a trophy.
According to O’Hara, it can’t just be the manager who is to blame for Tottenham’s failures. He believes there is too much deadwood at the club that isn’t good enough and needs to go, and that they need a manager who is going to be ruthless. However, he also criticised Daniel Levy for the whole mentality and philosophy of the football club, pointing out that he sacked a manager a week before a cup final. O’Hara believes this shows that Tottenham is more concerned with being a business than winning trophies, which is why Conte got frustrated with the situation.
In conclusion, Laura Woods took the opportunity to remind Jamie O’Hara of his comments about Spurs being back following Antonio Conte’s departure from the club. O’Hara had previously praised Conte’s appointment and suggested that Arsenal, Leicester, and West Ham would be worried about Spurs with him at the helm. However, following Conte’s departure, O’Hara admitted that Spurs were only back for about five minutes and suggested that recruitment was poor under Conte. He also criticised Tottenham’s mentality and philosophy, pointing out that they seem more concerned with being a business than winning trophies.