Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte stated that he is proud of his work ethics and commitment to football management but admits losing three close friends has left him questioning his long-term future lately.
Gian Piero Ventrone, the club’s fitness coach, died in October before Conte’s friend and former Lazio defender Sinisa Mihajlovic died in December.
That was then followed by the death of Conte’s former Juventus and Italy team-mate Gianluca Vialli earlier this month.
Conte, 53, is only five years younger than Vialli and the same age as Mihajlovic was when he passed away.
The Italian responded when asked ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League trip to Manchester City about how he was feeling after such a trying time: “For sure, this season is a difficult season from a personal aspect.
“Because to lose in such a short time three people that I knew very well – before Gian Piero Ventrone, then Sinisa and now Gianluca. It was not simple.
“For sure, when this situation happens, it brings you to have important reflections. Because many times we think and we give a lot of importance to our work and we forget the family, we forget that we need to have more time for us.
“This season is a difficult season for me as a personal aspect. For sure, this season is making me have an important reflection on my future.”
Conte’s contract at Spurs runs out at the end of the current season but, while his future at the club remains uncertain, he insists he remains committed to the challenge despite recent hardships.
“When you work and the work is at the top of your mind in your head and maybe, sure, maybe (there are) times we forget to stay with the family, we forget to spend time with friends,” he said.
“But this is our passion and for the passion we lost a lot of things. When this situation happens, I think you start to think that maybe sometimes it is also good to give more time to your family and friends and also to yourself. The work is not everything in life.