ANTONIO CONTE would likely reject the chance of leading Newcastle’s Saudi-backed assault on the top of English football, SunSport understands. The £300million PIF takeover at St James’ Park has left Steve Bruce’s position as manager hanging by a thread. The new board led by financier Amanda Staveley are looking around for the right person to […]
ANTONIO CONTE would likely reject the chance of leading Newcastle’s Saudi-backed assault on the top of English football, SunSport understands.
The £300million PIF takeover at St James’ Park has left Steve Bruce’s position as manager hanging by a thread.Antonio Conte won the Premier League title at Chelsea[/caption]
The new board led by financier Amanda Staveley are looking around for the right person to turn the club into serious challengers for the Premier League.
And ex-Chelsea boss Conte has been one of the most obvious candidates given he is available as a free agent immediately.
Conte’s CV is remarkable at club level having won titles with Juventus, Chelsea and last season Inter Milan.
Given Newcastle’s new might in terms of transfer spending power, they could easily offer the kind of backing the Italian usually demands in the transfer market to do his job.
But SunSport understands the 52-year-old’s current position is that his next job will need to be at a club who are already in a position to genuinely challenge for titles.
Newcastle are currently second from bottom of the Premier League, and realistically they would be a long term project to turn the squad around so they can compete with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.
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And though Conte loves taking on a challenge, such a long-term building programme is not the kind of role he currently has in his mind.
That could obviously change in a few years once the work of rebuilding the squad at Newcastle is close to completion.
But at present, an insider said: “I think he has higher expectations about his career.”
Staveley admitted they want to take their time before making any rash decision, though boss Bruce knows he could get the sack at any moment.
Bruce said: “That’s for other people to decide, if I was reading everything I might not have been here today, but my job is to get a few results.
“If you haven’t won in seven or eight then you will come under pressure. I’ll crack on and carry on as best I can until I hear otherwise.
“Every football club needs clarity from the top right the way through to everything that makes the football club the way it is.
“The new owners have been very respectful, and Rome wasn’t built in a day. It’s up to me, in the near future anyway, to maybe get better.
“The people of Newcastle want to see the club move forward.”
Jose Mourinho, Frank Lampard, Zinedine Zidane and Roberto Martinez have all been linked with replacing Bruce at St James’ Park.
But Newcastle’s new owners are likely to discover that for all their wealth, it may be time before they can attract the very best managerial or playing talent to the North East.