The football manager ‘merry-go-round’ continued this week as Antonio Conte was appointed Manager of Tottenham Hotspur following the sacking of Nuno Espírito Santo.

This has been warmly received by Spurs fans – who are hopeful that the experienced Conte, who has three Serie A titles and one Premier League title under his belt, will end their 13 year trophy drought – but supporters of Conte’s former club and Tottenham’s London rivals Chelsea have not been impressed. 

Discussing the new manager on bettingexpert’s The Big Stage, Chelsea fan and YouTuber Rory Jennings shared his view that Spurs may finally end their trophiless series of seasons and defy the bookmakers to lift some silverware under Conte’s leadership, but couldn’t hide his bitterness.

“He’s the right man from their perspective,” Jennings noted. “I’m feeling like I’m having some existential crisis over this. It’s changed the way that I view football. I genuinely thought Conte was a man of principle, and all we asked from a Chelsea perspective was one thing – don’t go to Tottenham.”

He continued: “Part of the reason I’m so gutted is because I think finally Tottenham have got it right. The years of shoddy appointments from George Graham to Jack Santini to Martin Yoel to my personal favorite Tim Sherwood, all filters into this period and Tottenham are going to end their drought for a trophy. 

“I think Antonio Conte is one of the best managers in the league and I’m heartbroken he’s gone to Tottenham.”

Moving on to the weekend’s fixtures, host Joe Ryan examined the odds for the upcoming Manchester derby, whilst injury expert Ben Dinnery pointed to the absence of Rafael Varan as potentially impacting Manchester United’s chances in one of the team’s biggest fixtures of the year.

In addition to discussing the week’s football action, the team also took time to highlight Safer Gambling Week, with Daniel Jenkins providing advice to gamblers with regards to controlling their spending. One of his recommendations echoed the comments of Irish’s Stephen Harris, pointing to the effectiveness of spending limits.

“I think the best piece of advice is to not think of gambling as a way to make money,” Jenkins remarked. “Professional gamblers are a minority for a reason and most people should view it that way. 

“Never chase your losses or gamble when you’re feeling upset or just feeling bad in any way. The best piece of advice is to set a money limit and only gamble with money you can afford to lose to legal deposit into betting sites using credit cards in the UK.”

The Big Stage: Tottenham set to end trophy drought with Conte