Ledley King has spoken about the type of coach he would be if he was in charge of a club – and there are some similarities to Antonio Conte.
The Italian has only been in charge of the north London side for a few weeks and has already led his side to two wins, a draw and one defeat in his first four games.
After Nuno Espirito Santo’s short four-month spell in charge of the Lilywhites, Conte was a welcome change and there is hope he can lead his Tottenham side to success, as they currently sit seventh in the Premier League.
King made more than 300 appearances for Spurs, becoming a legend at the club and winning the 2008 Carling Cup with a side that hasn’t won silverware since.
Conte has come to the capital and the serial winner, who is known for his regimented structure and tough training, has already begun making an influence on his new side, having praised the facilities he is now working in.
“I’ve never seen a training centre like this,” he said. “You look around you and it never ends. Many do not understand how many points it can give to work in such a structure.”
The Italian made an immediate change in formation to his new side and has implemented his favoured 3-4-3 formation, making use of wing-backs down the flanks.
The 52-year-old has previously made use of these wing-backs, with Sergio Reguilon and Emerson Royal currently taking up those positions in the Spurs XI and has also got his sides to play out from the back.
In an interview with the former Tottenham captain, on behalf of Signathon, King spoke about the type of coach he would be, as he is hoping to complete his coaching badges in the future.
“I was obviously a defender but I’ve always loved the flair element of the game,” he said.
“The funny thing is, it’s easy to be sitting here when you’re not doing anything saying my team will be great, we will be scoring goals, not conceding many that kind of thing but the truth is, I have always been quite a balanced person so I’d like balancing the game.
“I don’t think I’d be too defensive or too offensive I just like a nice balance but still freedom and I like players to express themselves, especially the attacking players but even defenders to a certain degree.”
Balance is something that Conte has also spoken about with his Tottenham side, ahead of the Leeds game, when asked about the key element in his team.
“For sure a team that want to try to do something important during the season have to find the right balance,” he said. “Too offensive is not good, too defensive is not good and the right balance is to make your team stable and ready to have good results.
“To have good results for a long time, not for only one game and to have ups and downs, ups and downs. Ups and downs is not good if you have a target in your club,” the 52-year-old added.
This element will be something Conte will be hoping he can help Spurs with, with only 11 goals in 12 Premier League fixtures and gaps in defence leading to a number conceded already this campaign.
King also went on to speak about a former Tottenham manager who allowed him to express himself on the pitch and play with freedom.
“Glenn Hoddle was someone who allowed me to play that way so I wouldn’t really like to restrict players that have ability, we want to see that,” the 41-year-old explained.
“I love watching top players play and express themselves so I would encourage my players to do that.
“It starts at the back, it’s such an important part and its part of how a team now get forwards and scores goals, if you don’t have the players that are comfortable to build up from the back and play through, you can find it quite difficult so I would definitely encourage my players to be as comfortable as possible with the ball.”
Conte’s Tottenham side have major improvements to make and being comfortable with the ball will also be one, with sloppy passing and lack of creativity being just two of many issues so far this season.
The Lilywhites’ next fixture is against Burnley, when they take a trip to Turf Moor on Sunday and they will be hoping for maximum points from a much-needed win.
Signathon hosted a live virtual event for fans with Spurs legend and former captain, Ledley King. Ledley also signed limited edition merchandise, which is available to buy now online at www.signathon.live
Source by Football London