Journalist Dean Jones has given his view on the idea of Antonio Conte replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.
The Red Devils have not had the greatest of starts to the campaign, having fallen off the pace in the Premier League and suffered surprise Champions League and Carabao Cup defeats this season – whilst some pundits have questioned Solskjaer’s ability against his competitors near the top of the table.
And whilst the sense appears to be that Solskjaer’s position is safe for the time being, if things don’t improve soon, then that mindset amongst the Manchester United hierarchy might change. And if that is the case, Jones thinks that the former Inter, Chelsea, Italy and Juventus manager would be the best man to take on the role, as he explained during the latest edition of Touchline Talk:
“Conte, we’ve seen that he can go into clubs short-term and have a big impact. I’m told, from somebody who spoke to Conte very recently, that he’s certainly interested in the idea and would love the chance to just pitch to the United board about how he would transform this team and how he would turn them into winners.
“But at the moment, there’s no signs he’s going to get the chance to make that pitch.”
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Given Conte’s track record of turning teams around, which in turn has led to success, you can certainly see why someone like Conte could be appealing to Manchester United if ever they did decide to get rid of Solskjaer, which doesn’t appear to be coming any time soon.
However, if they do decide to make a change, they had better get the timing right, as they don’t want to wait too long to see if Solskjaer can turn things around and Conte to take a job elsewhere – as that will leave them with nowhere to turn to if they do make a change.
In a sense, the onus might have to be on Conte to try and convince the Old Trafford board to get rid of Solskjaer and bring him on board rather than him waiting for the opportunity to come along on by itself.