Antonio Conte “waited until the last minute” to see if Manchester United would sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before taking the Tottenham job.
The Italian was appointed as the new Spurs manager after Nuno Espirito Santo was relieved of his duties earlier this week.
Conte was heavily linked with the head coach position at Old Trafford amid reports that United were considering parting ways with Solskjaer following their 5-0 defeat by Liverpool.
The Norwegian was able to ease pressure on himself, however, as Man United secured a 3-0 win over Spurs last weekend – the result that condemned Nuno’s fate.
Conte would end up being named as his successor but it’s claimed that he was “waiting until the very last minute” for the United job to come available, according to journalist Roberto Gotta.
“I understand that there was a wait until the last moment; Manchester United have a better squad and more decisive players,” he told Tuttomercatoweb.
“However, Manchester United have never publicly lacked confidence in Solskjaer. Perhaps even to reassure him…
“Conte in Manchester should have won immediately, while in Tottenham, he should have prepared the team for next season.
“I think he did the right thing, or else he risked not doing half of it.”
Conte got off to a winning start in his first game in charge of the north London club as Spurs claimed a 3-2 win over Vitesse .
It was a frantic encounter as the Dutch side nearly mounted an incredible after the hosts raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first half.
Cristian Romero’s red card almost handed the initiative to the visitors, until they had two players sent off of their own, including their keeper, as Tottenham held on.
And Conte insists it could be a good thing for his side to win “while suffering”.
He said: “It was a crazy game. Usually I don’t like this type of game – a crazy game means anything can happen. But at the same time I think we should win and we won. We were winning 3-0 then conceded two goals we can avoid.
“After a red card, we were in trouble. To win while suffering is good for this team, these players.
“They needed to improve their confidence. They needed to work a lot. The problem is we have to find the time to work. We have two days until the next game [they play Everton on Sunday], then it’s the international break.
“For sure we have to improve. It’s not easy because in two days we prepare for this [Everton] game… now we have only one day. Tomorrow it’s impossible to work with the players who played tonight.
“They used a lot of energy. Tomorrow they have to rest and we’ll work with the players who didn’t play.
“We need to have a bit of patience because we need to work on many aspects – tactically and physically. I’m not afraid about the work. I know only through the work you can reach important targets.”
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