Antonio Conte is the obvious choice to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if he leaves Manchester United with the Italian currently out of work after leaving Inter Milan in the summer
Antonio Conte is the standout candidate to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if he is sacked as Manchester United boss.
The Norwegian’s position at the club has come under threat as United dropped out of the top four on Saturday after their 4-2 defeat to Leicester City.
That’s three games without a win in the Premier League, but a report from The Athletic states that United will stand by their man for the time being.
That hasn’t stopped the rumour mill from gaining traction and former Chelsea manager Conte is the obvious choice to succeed Solskjaer with the Italian currently out of work after leaving Inter Milan in the summer.
And it’s a move Conte would likely be open to given his reasons for rejecting Tottenham when he was in talks to succeed Jose Mourinho.
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The 51-year-old was worried that Spurs’ long-term goals did not align with his as he is looking to manage a side with the potential of winning silverware.
He doesn’t necessarily need to join a team that are contending for titles right away, but with scope to become one. Conte, at the bare minimum, wants to be joining a top-four side.
United can certainly tick this box as it’s widely believed this current squad is good enough to challenge for silverware this season, given their runner-up finish last term.
Conte was also anxious about the fact that Spurs’ squad were in need of major surgery as they enter a transitional stage – something he wouldn’t have to worry about at Old Trafford.
Harry Kane’s uncertain future was also a sticking point for the former Juventus player as he didn’t want to inherit a team that could potentially lose their best player as that would take them in the wrong direction.
Again, this is not an issue for whoever is in charge of the Red Devils.. Paul Pogba’s future might be up in the air, but there are no signs that any other of United’s best players are unhappy at the club.
Conte is not in any rush to go straight back into management following his exit from the San Siro and is willing to wait for the right opportunity to present itself.
Conte discussed his reasons for snubbing Spurs with Gazzetta dello Sport: “I look for the projects instead and I am ready to stay at home if something is not convincing me
“It has to do with vision, honesty and principles. Generally, I like challenges and I’ve accepted many of them during my career.
“Even the top clubs I coached were never the favourites when I arrived.
“However, if there’s something that doesn’t convince me I prefer not to accept, regardless of the money.”
Conte expressed his desire to experience managing a club outside Italy once again, however.
He added: “I would like to have more experiences abroad. I think that I am not someone who is happy with just a comfortable situation. I always chose the most difficult situation instead.
“As a player, I won everything it was possible to win, but I also lost a great deal.
“When you lose, it leaves within you the desire not to experience that again, so you do everything to transmit that to your players when you are a head coach. It all comes from your scars and wanting to avoid getting more.”
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