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Stellini SACKED after Newcastle battering

Updated: Apr 25, 2023

Tottenham Hotspur have terminated the contract of interim manager, Cristian Stellini, who was in charge for just four matches this season, following the battering at the hands of the Magpies on Sunday evening.

The team's utterly embarrassing 6-1 loss to Newcastle, was deemed "wholly unacceptable" by Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy. Stellini, 48, took over the role on 26 March following the end of Antonio Conte's 16-month stint as Spurs' boss. Ryan Mason, who worked under Stellini and served as the interim manager after Jose Mourinho's sacking in 2021, will now take over until a replacement is found.

Tottenham's defeat at Newcastle, in which they fell behind 5-0 within the first 21 minutes, dealt a significant blow to their aspirations of qualifying for the Champions League. Levy expressed his devastation, admitting that although the board, coaches, and players all share some responsibility, he ultimately takes full responsibility. Spurs do however currently hold the fifth place in the Premier League standings, now trailing six points behind Newcastle following Sunday. Spurs will be hosting Erik ten Hag's side on Thursday evening. Since appointing Stellini, who previously worked as Conte's assistant, the club has won one, drew one, and lost two games. Stellini took charge of the team when Conte was absent due to a gall bladder operation, leading Spurs to win three out of four Premier League games, but also losing to Championship side Sheffield United in the FA Cup.

Chairman Levy expressed his gratitude towards Stellini for taking on the challenging role during a difficult period, but as for the rest of the season, former Spurs and England midfielder Ryan Mason, 31, will take over as the head coach for the remaining six fixtures. Levy has confidence in Mason, stating that he is well-versed in the club and the players.

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