Former West Ham defender James Collins admits that Tottenham Hotspur’s appointment of Antonio Conte is a bit painful for him.

After a wretched run of results, Spurs decided to sack Nuno Espirito Santo this week to bring in Conte, who is widely viewed as one of the best managers in the world.

Collins, who was a Hammers player for 10 years over two stints, admits a bit of jealousy at seeing their arch-rivals sign a manager of his calibre.

Speaking on Premier League Productions, Collins said, “It’s a bit painful for me saying this, given I played for West Ham for so long, but it is a real coup for Spurs. Conte is a fantastic manager.”

Tricky times

The Hammers were not worried when Spurs had Jose Mourinho or Nuno at the helm.

However, Conte’s arrival makes them serious contenders for the top four this season.

Not only that, he’s got the nous to turn teams into title winners and for all of Spurs’ lack of silverware, he could be the perfect manager for them.

One thing that’s there with Conte is that things can turn sour really quickly with him so that’s something to keep an eye out for.

Collins makes very good points and it is painful for Hammers fans to see their rivals making top appointments, but that’s the nature of the game.

David Moyes wasn’t viewed as a managerial coup at the time, but the job he’s done at the club has been nothing short of marvellous.

In other West Ham news, a Hammers first-team player is set to be transfer listed ahead of a January exit

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