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Tottenham fans seek answers from club on direction after Conte alarm bells

The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust has written to the club demanding answers after Antonio Conte raised alarm bells with his media comments.

Spurs have had an inconsistent season so far which has been below expectations, despite sitting fifth in the Premier League table. Conte has repeatedly tried to play down their chances of competing at the summit and is yet to sign a new deal past the summer.

Discontent has risen with fans calling for chairman Daniel Levy's head during their 4-0 win at Crystal Palace on Wednesday (January 4). And the supporters' trust has now submitted a letter with their concerns.

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They asked: "1) Will the club share its medium and long-term strategy for success, both on and off the pitch? How is the club measuring progress and how does it judge current outcomes against those expectations.

"2) The manager employed by the club has not signed a new contract and tells us we should lower our expectations about on-field outcomes. He has said publicly that the club needs to spend big money every window just to compete. How does this align with the Board's philosophy for achieving success?

"3) Are you satisfied with player recruitment in recent transfer windows and with the performance of the youth teams and development and supply of younger players through to the first team? Are there any plans to improve this?

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"4) Does the club have a plan for further investment to ensure the club remains competitive on the pitch in the face of substantial additional investment by other Premier League clubs. Is the club closer to securing a [stadium] naming rights provider? Is there plans from further investment from ENIC or other potential investors or buyers?"

Since arriving in north London Conte has pushed for move investment, with owners ENIC injecting £150million into the club last summer. He still believes they're in need of several signings in future windows.

The Italian was quizzed about the chants towards Levy after the Palace match, telling reporters: "Honestly, I didn't hear this, but it's important to stay together.

"In my life, my family also taught me that the truth is always the best solution, even if this is a bad truth. In this moment we are trying together to create a base.

"I understand that fans want to win, to lift trophies, to be competitive. I understand that very well, but to take this step, you need now to create a base, to have patience and I can't tell you something different or I'll have to tell you good lies and I don't like to tell good lies."

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