An update has emerged on Italian coach Antonio Conte, regarding his thoughts on a move to Newcastle.
According to The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder, the out-of-contract manager is interested in pursuing a potential move to Newcastle following PIF’s takeover of the club.
The report claims that the Italian is open to returning to the Premier League and is now willing to listen to conditions from Newcastle, should an offer be forthcoming.
Newcastle fans will surely be on cloud nine after reading this update from Ryder. It provides a glimpse into the new world the Magpies are entering following the takeover and shows the level of quality that they could now attract with financial backing.
Would serial winner Antonio Conte want to take the Newcastle job with Mike Ashley in charge coming off a transfer window where the club made one senior signing? It is impossible to say with certainty, but the timing of this report from Ryder suggests that the motivation for his interest is PIF’s involvement on Tyneside.
Not only will supporters be delighted with what Conte’s interest means in terms of how the club is now being viewed, but they will also be buzzing that there is potential for him to become the next manager at St. James’ Park.
Steve Bruce is reportedly set to be sacked this month, with the club eyeing Ralf Rangnick to come in as a sporting director. Any decision on Bruce’s replacement may have to wait until Rangnick, or whoever else they decide to bring in, is appointed in the role.
Conte’s potential interest in the role could appeal to the sporting director as his track record as a manager is exceptional. He has won four Serie A titles, one Premier League, one FA Cup and two Italian Super Cup titles throughout his career at Juventus, Inter and Chelsea.
The 52-year-old is also a proven Premier League head coach thanks to his time at Stamford Bridge. Conte managed 76 games in the English top-flight and averaged 2.14 points per game as he picked up 51 wins in those matches, winning one title in the process.
This is why Newcastle fans should be on cloud nine with this news. The Italian has shown that he has the quality to lead a team to the title in this country. That is not to say that his arrival at St. James’ Park would immediately make them title contenders, but it does mean that he could instil a winning mentality and help them to climb the table.