Antonio Conte is here, but he may not be on the sidelines until this weekend. According to Football.London, the club is working with UK authorities to try and get the appropriate work permits in place for Tottenham’s new head coach to be able to start work but the process could take a few days.
That’s a bit of an issue. It means that Conte can’t actually work with his new players until that paperwork comes through. The players were reportedly advised to expect Conte to lead training today, but that may not be the case now. If it all gets done in time Conte could manage his first match for Spurs against Vitesse at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this coming Thursday. If not, then he could not be in the dugout and would instead take charge for this Sunday’s match at Everton.
If Conte can’t be there, it’s not immediately clear who would lead the team against Vitesse. Conte has yet to name any assistants, so perhaps Ryan Mason would lead the team out in the Europa Conference League, or perhaps a Conte assistant if that person is named in time and already has work permits in place.