By Kevin Phillips

14th Nov, 2021 | 11:48am

Conte slammed by pundit after 'ridiculous' Tottenham reveal

Kevin Phillips has slammed new Tottenham manager Antonio Conte for banning ketchup and mayonnaise from the club’s canteen.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Sunderland and England striker said the decision is “complete and utter nonsense”.

As reported by The Athletic (10th November), ketchup and mayonnaise have removed from the menu at Spurs.

The Italian manager is said to believe some of his players are overweight.

Conte took a similar approach when he arrived at Chelsea in 2016 and banned players from consuming pizza, fizzy drinks, ketchup and brown sauce.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Conte’s decision, Phillips said”

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“When I look at what Conte has done, banning ketchup and mayonnaise, it’s ridiculous.

“How many times have I seen managers doing that? For me, it is complete and utter nonsense. Managers just want to make changes when they come in.

“It makes no difference whatsoever, banning sauces. It just annoys people. I’ve been at clubs when managers have taken something away and players backs are up straight away.

“You cannot tell me having a bit of ketchup on your lunch at dinner time will affect your performance.

“Some managers demand that though and you have to respect it.”

Conte is unbeaten in his first two games in charge of the Lilywhites.

A Europa Conference League win was followed by a stalemate at Everton last Sunday.

In other news, a pundit has claimed Paratici is ‘100%’ telling fibs at Tottenham after a transfer reveal.