Newcastle United

Antonio Conte approached by Newcastle regarding manager's job

By Sean Walsh
Conte left Inter this summer
Conte left Inter this summer / Maurizio Lagana/GettyImages
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Antonio Conte has been approached by third parties linked with Newcastle's new owners regarding the manager's job at St James' Park.

Mike Ashley sold the club to a Saudi Arabia-backed consortium on Thursday after over a year of hold ups. Incoming Newcastle director Amanda Staveley has outlined her vision for the club, insisting the Magpies can compete for the Premier League title and in Europe.

Current manager Steve Bruce admitted he could be out of a job sooner rather than later following the takeover, and 90min understands Newcastle have already given thought to Conte as a potential successor.

However, Conte is not in a rush to get back into the game after leaving Inter this summer and does not believe this is the right time to join a new club.

Conte left Inter having just been crowned champions of Italy, breaking Juventus' nine-year hold on Serie A. But financial difficulties meant the Nerazzurri needed to sell key players, and Conte fell out with the board over transfer plans.

The former Italy manager held discussions with Tottenham over succeeding Jose Mourinho back in June, but talks broke down and Nuno Espirito Santo ended up being appointed.

Conte's last venture in England was rather successful, managing Chelsea between 2016 and 2018.

The Blues had just finished 10th after a shameful title defence, but Conte was able to galvanise the squad and won the Premier League in his first season in charge.

Chelsea won the FA Cup in his second and final season at Stamford Bridge, taking a year out of the game before joining Inter.

90min understands that Newcastle's new owners are also eyeing England boss Gareth Southgate for the manager's job, though he would not be available for another 12 months at least. Graeme Jones - who worked with Southgate at Euro 2020 - and Michael Carrick are also in the running.

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