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Kevin Campbell urges Everton to hire Antonio Conte, after Inter Milan exit

Antonio Conte made the surprising decision to leave Inter Milan, days after guiding Inter to Serie A glory. The Italian’s exit has become another cog in a managerial merry-go-round. With Carlo Ancelotti leaving Everton for Real Madrid – Kevin Campbell has urged his old side to pursue Conte.

Ancelotti, 61, returned to Real Madrid on Tuesday. The Italian heads back to the Santiago Bernabeu six years after leaving the club in 2015, previously spending two seasons with the La Liga giants. Following a disappointing 2020-21 campaign at Everton, Ancelotti leaves the Toffees after 18 months.

Now, a replacement at Everton is needed. The likes of Nuno Espirito Santo, Frank Lampard, Eddie Howe and other managers have been linked. Even Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is said to be a target – but there is little chance the Liverpool legend would consider a move to Goodison Park.

Now, ex-Everton skipper Campbell has identified the manager he wants in the Goodison dugout – Conte. He believes the ex-Chelsea boss would be ideal for the Toffees – though Conte is likely to cost a fortune. At Inter, he was on £330,000 a week – or around £17million a year, according to Sempre Inter.

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“Everton have to react in a positive way,” Campbell told Sky Sports. “The mindset and the project is still there. You’ve got to try and swap Ancelotti for another quality manager, I think this is really important. It’s going to send out a really big message to the Evertonians. For me, you’ve got to go for the best manager that is available – and that is probably Antonio Conte.”

No way Conte will be tempted to become Everton manager…

Well. Conte was a front runner for the Madrid job, but that has now evaporated. Ronald Koeman’s future at Barcelona is in doubt, but he will be given a chance. Tottenham are still on the lookout for a manager and Conte is a target. So, could Everton tempt him?

The failure to qualify for European football will dent Everton’s choice of manager. They certainly have more chance of going for a Santo, a Howe, a Lampard, a Graham Potter. But they do back their managers and Conte would be paid well. Can they convince him? Unlikely, but there is a chance.

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