Antonio Conte ‘has higher expectations than Newcastle’ but Man Utd fit next job criteria

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Antonio Conte is not currently interested in taking the Newcastle job should the position become available, according to reports. The former Chelsea boss, who left Inter Milan at the end of last season amid the club’s financial uncertainty, is yet to find a new position since departing the San Siro.

Conte has instead been working for Sky Italia as a pundit as he recharges his batteries ahead of his next challenge.

The 52-year-old has not managed in the Premier League since he left Chelsea back in 2018 after guiding the club to the title and FA Cup glory within the space of two seasons.

His achievements in west London and in Italy with Juventus and Inter see him considered as one of the finest managers in world football.

For that reason, Newcastle are understood to be interested in attempting to lure Conte to St James’ Park as part of their ambitious rebuild.

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However, according to The Sun, a source close to Conte has effectively ruled the Italian out of the running.

An insider said: “I think he has higher expectations about his career.”

It’s reported that Conte wants to immediately challenge for major trophies with his next club, a proposition that is unlikely at Newcastle, where time and patience will be required.

Manchester United, however, would represent an attractive option for Conte should the hot-seat become available.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has maintained the backing of the board but the pressure is on the Norwegian after an underwhelming start to the new campaign.

Newcastle’s new owners are reportedly ready to pay the £8million it would take to relieve Steve Bruce of his duties although finding the right replacement could prove difficult.

Bruce has already been public that he wants to stay and lead the club into the new era but with supporters determined to drive him out of the club, the owners are expected to pull the trigger.

Interestingly, Lazio striker Ciro Immobile revealed last summer that he received an approach from Newcastle’s new Saudi owners and they made it clear they were looking to appoint an Italian manager, too.

“During the period in which there was talk of the possible purchase of Newcastle by the Sheikh’s fund they called my agent, Alessandro Moggi,” Immobile told Corriere Dello Sport in August 2020.

“Then the Premier League did not approve that proposal, or the fund withdrew, I don’t remember well.

“I know they were also looking for an Italian coach, [Massimiliano] Allegri or [Luciano] Spalletti.”

Both Allegri and Spalletti are now back in jobs with Juventus and Napoli respectively while the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are among the favourites to replace Bruce with the bookmakers.

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