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Antonio Conte calls for ‘time and patience’ again but the shadow of Pochettino looms large

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Antonio Conte has appealed for patience and transfer activity after a 2-1 loss to Newcastle, but he could have the shadow of Mauricio Pochettino hanging over him.

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Goals from Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron secured Newcastle the win at St James Park, with Harry Kane’s second half goal nothing more than a consolation.

The result makes it back-to-back defeats for Conte’s Spurs, who were completely dominated by Manchester United midweek in a 2-0 defeat that could have been heavier.

The north London side are still third in the Premier League table despite a difficult October, but are now five points off of the league lead despite having played a game more.

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Their five-time league-winning boss in England and Italy, Conte, came with a hefty reputation when he signed in November last year, and reaffirmed his belief that the rebuild will take time.

Asked about the result post-match he said: “It means that we need time, patience.

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“I spoke about two, three transfer windows before, these were my words before, not now to twist words or find an excuse after a defeat.

“I have the experience to understand the way that we have to follow, it can happen that you can lose a game against Newcastle today and I don’t have anything to complain about with my players for the commitment for the behaviour, for the desire what I have seen tonight.”

Despite one angry talkSPORT caller who thinks Conte has had enough time at the club, Spurs fan and former Crystal Palace and Newcastle star Darren Ambrose agrees with his club’s boss that patience is needed.

“Third in the Premier League, Spurs are,” he explained. “Lost three games this season, lost to Arsenal who are top of the league.

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“Lost to Manchester United who are clicking and finally playing well and it was the worst performance Spurs have had this season.

“Lost to Newcastle who no one knows what Newcastle are going to do this season, they’ve only lost one game – to Liverpool – in the 98th minute.

“They’re the three teams that Spurs have lost to, Conte has already said they haven’t got the quality to win the Premier League, no one’s saying they’re going to win the Premier League.

“We want to see them get as close as they can to winning the Premier League but it’s a low at the moment, losing two games on the bounce, but to come on and call one of your best managers, if not your best manager, to go because he’s lost a couple, absolutely not.

“You’ve got to back Conte, you’ve got to give him an extra two maybe three transfer windows which is what he’s calling for.

“If he goes then fine berate him as much as you want because he would have let Tottenham down but give him windows, allow him to change players he doesn’t like.

“We need to give him an opportunity to change that, he’s had two transfer windows, got in [Rodrigo] Bentancur and [Dejan] Kulusevski which have been fantastic signings and this summer has brought in a lot of players to improve the squad, he needs time, you can’t be calling him out because a couple of bad games.”

talkSPORT host and transfer expert Alex Crook had other ideas though.

With talk about Conte returning to Juventus earlier this year, those rumours have again resurfaced with the Italian side a complete mess this season under Massimiliano Allegri.

And it comes at a time when former Spurs boss Pochettino has ruled himself out of the Aston Villa job as he awaits bigger things…

“Can I make a little prediction?” Crook began. “I’m going to look into my crystal ball and tell you what happens at Tottenham in the future.

“Antonio Conte is yet to commit to a new contract. Juventus – Max Allegri is bang under pressure.

“Conte goes back to Juventus, Mauricio Pochettino, wanted by Aston Villa, distances himself because he’s waiting for something bigger, back to Tottenham.

“That is what’s going to happen, you mark my words, you heard it here first.”

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