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Antonio Conte isn’t currently interested in taking over at Newcastle, according to reports. The Toon are one of the richest clubs on the planet in the wake of their £305million takeover. And Steve Bruce is expected to be sacked soon, with the club’s new hierarchy keen for things to improve.
Newcastle are back.
That’s the view of many of their supporters, who are delighted the Toon are now under new ownership after years of struggling under Mike Ashley.
Now, they’re expected to sack Bruce.
The former Sunderland boss has been in charge ever since the summer of 2019, keeping the club in the Premier League.
But Bruce has never been universally popular and, with Newcastle keen to evolve, he could lose his job by the time they lock horns with Tottenham next weekend.
Conte’s name has been thrown into the ring as a potential successor.
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But the Telegraph say the former Inter Milan, Chelsea and Juventus manager isn’t currently interested in the job at St James’ Park.
Conte is said to be waiting until a Premier League or European superpower approaches him, with Newcastle still way behind on that front.
And who the Toon go after, with Bruce primed for the sack, remains to be seen.
Steven Gerrard is another linked, with the Liverpool legend working wonders at Rangers over the past few years.
Yet he’s another they’ll struggle to appoint given the former England international is happy working in Scotland for the time being.
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Former Newcastle star Warren Barton, meanwhile, feels Conte would be the perfect fit for this team.
“It’s sensational news, I’ve had people crying on the phone, I’ve had people singing, I’ve had people questioning if it’s going to happen, is it reality? Is it another false alarm?” Barton told talkSPORT.
“We’ve waited this long, we’ve waited 14 years to have a little bit of respect, a little bit of pride and passion put into the football club.
“All we’ve ever wanted is to be able to compete and challenge, we’ve never promised that we want to win every trophy going, but we want to have a little bit of respect and the fans haven’t had that, it’s been a long long time since the fans had any respect from the ownership.
“Without the fans you haven’t got a football club, and the football club didn’t realise that, the ownership didn’t realise that, but now we might have our club back, and if we’ve got that we’ve got a hell of a chance of being successful.”
He then added: “I would move him on [from Bruce], I think it’s come to an end, the trust and the fans showed that with their voting.
“At the moment [Antonio] Conte is out there, you’ve got someone who has won in numerous leagues.
“I want someone who’s going to take this club forward like Steven Gerrard did at Rangers, and have some desire and have some pride and have some mojo that is going to show this club and this league that we’re going to compete and we’re going to get back, because Kevin [Keegan] did that, Sir Bobby [Robson] did that, we’ve got to have people like that around the club.”
New Newcastle chief Amanda Staveley is targeting the Premier League title.
“Newcastle United deserves to be top of the Premier League,” she told Sky Sports.
“We want to get there. It will take time, but we will get there.
“We’re proud to be part of the Premier League. It’s an incredibly competitive league, which we love.
“Premier League football is the best in the world, and Newcastle United is the best team in the world.
“We want to see it get those trophies, obviously. At top of the Premier League, in Europe, but to get trophies means patience, investment, time.
“We want everybody to work with us to build the club towards what it needs to be.”
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