Manager Antonio Conte has left Tottenham Hotspur by mutual consent after 16 months in charge.
Conte called the Spurs players “selfish” and criticised the club’s culture in a remarkable news conference after their recent draw at Southampton.
His departure means Spurs are searching for their fourth permanent manager in four years since Mauricio Pochettino left in 2019.
They suffered a tame exit to AC Milan in the Champions League earlier in March, after Championship side Sheffield United knocked them out of the FA Cup at the start of the month.
Italian Conte, who had won league titles with former clubs Chelsea, Juventus and Inter Milan, was appointed in November 2021 after Spurs sacked Nuno Espirito Santo.
But Tottenham’s troubles have continued this season with nine defeats and four draws in 28 league games and questions about the playing style.
Conte’s Spurs were loudly booed after the 0-0 draw against Milan which resulted in a 1-0 loss on aggregate and condemned the club to another campaign without a trophy.
His last match in charge saw Tottenham throw away a 3-1 lead to draw at struggling Southampton on 18 March, with Conte launching a furious criticism of his players and the club after the match.
Tottenham have won one trophy since the ownership group chaired by Levy took over the club in 2001 – the League Cup in 2008 – and have had 11 different managers.
This season has also seen Conte requiring gallbladder surgery in February.