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Sir Alex Ferguson’s opinion of Antonio Conte with Italian ‘waiting’ for Man Utd job


Sir Alex Ferguson’s opinion of Antonio Conte with Italian ‘waiting’ for Man Utd job

Sir Alex Ferguson, a Manchester United legend, has already stated his admiration for Antonio Conte, who is one of the candidates to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if the Norwegian is fired by the club’s hierarchy.

His job is thought to be safe for the time being, but with fans’ frustrations growing, pressure is mounting on the 48-year-old ahead of a crucial run of fixtures that will see United face Atalanta (twice), Liverpool, Tottenham, and Manchester City in a matter of weeks.

The United board is still firmly behind Solskjaer and will give him time to weather the storm, but defeats to Southampton, Young Boys, West Ham in the Carabao Cup, Aston Villa, Everton, and Leicester have painted an all too familiar pattern.

The only saving grace for Solskjaer is that there are no clear frontrunners for his job who are completely aligned with United’s current plans and illustrious history.

Antonio Conte, on the other hand, is said to be interested in the hot seat if it becomes available.
Following his departure from Inter Milan at the end of last season, the Italian has been working as a Sky pundit in his home country.

Because of his availability, he will be considered one of the frontrunners for the United job if Solskjaer is fired.

United have yet to contact Conte or Zinedine Zidane about taking over, according to Fabrizio Romano.

However, according to Italian media, Conte is still holding out for a move to Manchester United, a club he has previously expressed interest in joining.

Sir Alex Ferguson, a United legend, is likely to have a say in any future appointment, and the Scotsman has already stated that he is a big fan of Conte, following his work with Chelsea, where he won the Premier League and FA Cup in two seasons.

Ferguson said back in 2017: “Fantastic, you see his energy on the pitch. There’s a true saying that the team mirrors the manager, and that’s what they’ve done with him.”

Conte’s emotive and passionate style on the sidelines made him an instant hit at Chelsea before things went south in his second season.

The 52-year-old has already stated his preferences for his next job.

He confessed to Gazzetta dello Sport earlier this year: “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.

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

Conte also stated that he would like to manage outside of Italy again after a successful two-year stint with Chelsea.

“I would like to have more experiences abroad,” Conte added. “I think that I am not someone who is happy with just a comfortable situation. I always chose the most difficult situation instead.

“As a player, I won everything it was possible to win, but I also lost a great deal.

“When you lose, it leaves within you the desire not to experience that again, so you do everything to transmit that to your players when you are a head coach. It all comes from your scars and wanting to avoid getting more.”


Sir Alex Ferguson’s opinion of Antonio Conte with Italian ‘waiting’ for Man Utd job

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