Daniel Levy fumes at Tottenham's embarrassing 6-1 Newcastle defeat

‘Sunday’s performance at Newcastle was wholly UNACCEPTABLE’: Daniel Levy takes ‘ultimate responsibility’ as he releases 163-word statement sacking Christian Stellini as interim boss

  • Daniel Levy has fumed at Tottenham’s 6-1 defeat against Newcastle on Sunday
  • The Spurs chairman slammed his side’s performance as ‘wholly unacceptable’
  • Levy moved to fire interim head coach Cristian Stellini on Monday evening 

Daniel Levy has slammed Tottenham’s embarrassing 6-1 weekend defeat against Newcastle as ‘wholly unacceptable’ as he explained the reasons behind the decision to fire interim head coach Cristian Stellini.

Levy decided to remove the Italian from his temporary position following a torrid afternoon at St James’ Park that saw Eddie Howe’s Newcastle side score five goals in 21 minutes.

The Spurs chairman was fuming with his side’s capitulation in their chase for the Champions League places and attempted to summarise recent struggles in the club’s statement that announced Stellini’s departure.

Levy worded his critical message: ‘Sunday’s performance against Newcastle was wholly unacceptable. It was devastating to see. 

‘We can look at many reasons why it happened and whilst myself, the Board, the coaches and players must all take collective responsibility, ultimately the responsibility is mine.

Daniel Levy has labelled Tottenham’s humiliating 6-1 defeat against Newcastle as ‘wholly unacceptable’

Interim head coach Cristian Stellini was fired less than 24 hours after the huge defeat

Tottenham fell apart at St James’ Park as they conceded five goals inside just 21 minutes

He further added: ‘I met with the Player Committee today – the squad is determined to pull together to ensure the strongest possible finish to the season. 

‘We are all clear we need to deliver performances which earn your amazing support.’

Members of the club’s Player Committee that Levy met with include Spurs captain Hugo Lloris, England skipper Harry Kane, and midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Ryan Mason will take charge until the end of the season and will attempt to help Spurs avoid slipping out of the Europa League places with six English top-flight games left to play.

Levy’s admission that it was ‘his responsibility’ for Tottenham’s end of season struggles after previously parting ways with Antonio Conte appears to be a new approach from the 61-year-old.

When the club terminated Conte’s contract in March, Levy wrote: ‘We all need to pull together.’ Since then, Spurs have won just one Premier League game, losing two and drawing once.

Former Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason will take on acting head coach duties at the club for the second time in his short management career after previously moving into the position following Jose Mourinho’s exit.

Mason’s first game in charge will be at Old Trafford on Thursday evening as Manchester United return to Premier League action following their FA Cup semi-final win over Brighton.

Levy has admitted responsibility for Tottenham’s recent Premier League struggles

Star striker Harry Kane is expected to leave the club in the summer amid interest from elsewhere

Levy is now searching for a fourth permanent Tottenham manager in just over two years

Meanwhile, Levy will continue to sound out a permanent summer replacement for Conte as the club seeks a fourth permanent head coach in just two years.

Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino doesn’t appear to be in the running after being linked with the managerial vacancy on the other side of London at Chelsea.

Burnley manager Vincent Kompany has also been linked with a move to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium but refused to engage in recent rumours.

Ex-Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann is another name that the club are apparently exploring a move for. 

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