Antonio Conte’s next job comments as Newcastle eye sensational Steve Bruce replacement

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Antonio Conte is reportedly interested in the Newcastle job in the wake of their huge Saudi takeover. The Italian is out of work since leaving Inter Milan back in the summer. And he could be primed to sensationally replace Steve Bruce at St James’ Park.

Bruce is currently on borrowed time at Newcastle, with the Toon expected to relieve the 60-year-old of his duties imminently.

And The Chronicle have claimed Conte is open to returning to the Premier League with the Magpies, though wants certain assurances.

The Italian wants a say in recruitment, especially after being denied signings at the likes of Chelsea and Inter Milan in the past.

And while any possible appointment would be tricky, even mere rumours have been enough to get supporters excited.

Speaking in June, Conte was interviewed by Gazzetta dello Sport.

And he revealed that money wouldn’t be behind his next job, while also claiming he was on the lookout for ‘right’ projects.

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“The market sets the price, but had I been obsessed by money, I would have stayed where I was in the past,” he said.

“I would have accepted compromises and obtained new contracts.

“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.

“Generally, I like challenges and I’ve accepted many of them during my career.

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“However, if there’s something that doesn’t convince me I prefer not to accept, regardless of the money.”

Conte also revealed, too, that he wanted a year off before returning to management.

“It will be a year in which I will try to study and continue to investigate certain situations,” he said.

“I want to make the most of this unwanted situation, but that’s OK.

“I’ll take advantage of the period to be with my family and to watch football, which always evolves and goes on.”

Now, though, Conte could be tempted into taking the Newcastle job if they meet his criteria.

And whether they’re successful in their mission of bringing him to Tyneside remains to be seen.

Bruce, meanwhile, has admitted he’d like to stay at Newcastle – though did suggest that wasn’t realistic.

“I want to continue, I’d like the chance to show the new owners what I can do,” he said.

“But you have to be realistic and they may well want a new manager to launch things for them.

”New owners normally want a new manager. I’ve been around long enough to understand that.

“That decision is not up to me. I accept that and I will accept what comes my way.

“I have to wait to have those conversations with people when the time is right.”

And he continued: “This is not about me, I cannot stress that enough. I have said from the first day news of this takeover came out in public, that if it is the best thing for the football club, if it takes this magnificent football club forward then I am all for it.

“I am not going to be bitter or angry about anything, whatever happens. Of course there will be sadness if I lose my job, it’s the job I’ve wanted my whole life, certainly since I became a manager and as hard as it’s been, I have been enormously proud to be manager of Newcastle United. That will never change.

“Do you know what? I’m not the most important talking point now.

“What happens to me, well, it’s not irrelevant, but this is about the football club and its future.

“I really hope this is the start of an exciting new era, it certainly sounds exciting when you read about how much money Saudi Arabians have.”

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