A journalist has now dropped a big blow to Newcastle United and their hopes of hiring Antonio Conte as their next manager.
The Lowdown: Conte linked
Conte has reportedly been linked with a move to St. James’ Park after the takeover by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) consortium was completed.
Should Newcastle hire Conte?
With new owners now in the North East, Steve Bruce’s job is under threat, and him and Lee Charnley are expected to be casualties of the new regime.
The Latest: Conte stance
Duncan Wright from The Sun has now given an update on Conte and his link to Tyneside, revealing that he has “no interest” in managing the Magpies at this stage: “Not what NUFC fans may want to hear, but understand Conte has no interest in managerial job at this stage.”
He expands on this in his latest piece for The Sun, claiming that he wants his next job to be one at a team who are already in a position to genuinely challenge for titles.
Conte does not want to join a side with a long-term building programme, and an insider shared that he has “higher expectations” about his managerial career.
The Verdict: Shame
It would certainly be a shame if the Toon were to miss out on the chance to hire Conte as their next manager.
The Italian has a glittering CV, having ended the dominance of Juventus in the Serie A by winning the league title with Inter Milan last season, not to mention also having the added experience of managing in the Premier League before with Chelsea, again where he managed to win the league back in the 2016/17 term (Transfermarkt).
Nonetheless, the fact that they are even being linked with managers of his calibre just shows the kind of ambition that the new owners seemingly have.
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