A score of Newcastle United fans have taken to Twitter to react to claims that Antonio Conte would consider taking over at Newcastle, provided the right transfer conditions are met to create a recipe for success in the northeast.
Conte has been out of work since leaving Serie A titleholders Inter Milan following a dispute over the provision of a transfer budget by Inter chiefs, and is in no rush to land a new job.
According to The Chronicle, Conte has been watching developments at Newcastle with some intrigue and could indeed throw his hat in the ring regarding the potential vacancy of the Newcastle job.
The links with the former Juventus and Chelsea boss comes following the completion of a consortium takeover spearheaded by PCP Capital Partners.
The change in ownership, one that has seen the club part with Mike Ashley after a 14-year tenure, has led Newcastle to become one of the richest clubs in the world due to their backing by the Saudi-owned Public Investment Fund (PIF).
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As a result, the comments made by consortium leader Amanda Staveley over Newcastle’s long-term ambitions under fresh ownership has fuelled speculation of heavy investment in world-leading talent – perhaps prompting Conte to raise a brow at the Newcastle role.
Many Newcastle fans were quick to have their say on the links as a result.
What have some Newcastle fans been saying?
“This would be some statement. Conte natural winner.”
“1 of the few managers not employed that is worth a look at, the main thing we need is someone who can develop players and is tactically intelligent to play attacking football whilst building his team for the future. We been link to the likes of Gerrard who don’t have that ability”
“Give him whatever he wants”
“One thing for sure is Bruce can NOT be in the dugout for Spurs for many, many obvious reasons.”
“Get it done”
“Please please please”
Clearly, many fans are clamouring to see Bruce shown the exit door and feel Conte would represent a major upgrade.
The club’s wealthy credentials offer hope for a ceiling to be smashed in terms of the club’s progress, and the Conte links are largely being taken as a sign of ambition at the club.