Newcastle approach serial winner who Pochettino deemed a 'great manager' - report
Third parties linked with the new Newcastle United owners have reportedly approached Antonio Conte over the manager’s job, according to 90Min.
Mike Ashley’s 14-year ownership of the Magpies is over, with both the club and the Premier League confirming the takeover news on Thursday.
The consortium consists of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), financier Amanda Staveley and David and Simon Reuben.
Staveley says the new club owners have “the same ambitions as Manchester City and PSG”, deeming the takeover “hugely transformative”.
This means an uncertain future for Steve Bruce amid reports that the new owners want to bring in someone new in the St James’ Park dugout.
And Conte, a free agent with a superb trophy haul, is believed to be on Newcastle’s radar.
That said, the Italian is reportedly not in a rush to get back into the game after leaving Inter Milan this summer.
Apparently, he does not believe this is the right time to join a new club, added 90Min.
Could Newcastle mount a charm offensive and convince him to change his mind if the above report is true?
Newcastle after a “brilliant” manager?
Conte’s CV is impressive, featuring a Premier League triumph and an FA Cup victory with Chelsea, plus four Serie A titles, two Italian Super Cups and a Serie B title.
His last title came just last season, finally breaking Juventus’ recent monopoly on the Scudetto by leading Inter to the title.
Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino praised Conte when he was at Chelsea ahead of their Premier League meeting in November 2016.
“It’s a good challenge for us,” the Argentine is quoted by Football365 as saying.
“They have a great manager that I know very well. They are not only in England but in Europe one of the most in-form teams.”
Likewise, Conte spoke highly of his counterpart, saying: “I consider Mauricio one of the best managers.”
Spurs were linked with Conte last summer as they looked for a new manager, but talks broke down.
“I think if Tottenham got Antonio Conte, they’d be able to keep Harry Kane – he’s a brilliant manager,” Jamie O’Hara told talkSPORT at the time.
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