Manchester United remain in hunt for the successor of David Moyes and now, Juventus’s Antonio Conte is emerging as a rival to Louis van Gaal, Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone as Old Trafford side seek a new manager.
British newspaper Daily Telegraph has reported today that Antonio Conte has emerged as a dark horse in the race to be the next Manchester United manager after being sounded out about the job. But favourites Louis van Gaal and Carlo Ancelotti have been given a boost by claims that former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson favours an appointment that would allow caretaker Ryan Giggs to take full charge in three years.
It is also being reported that favourites Louis van Gaal and Carlo Ancelotti have been given a boost by claims that former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson favours an appointment that would allow caretaker Ryan Giggs to take full charge in three years.
Meanwhile, Van Gaal, Ancelotti and Diego Simeone remain the top candidates to permanently succeed David Moyes. Conte, in charge of Juventus, has been spoken to and is being considered as an alternative option by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
Conte looks set to lead his Turin side to a third successive Serie A title and has the track record to take the reins at Man United and has the gravitas that will earn him the respect of the club’s top performers.
The 44-year-old’s contract expires in 2015 and Juve have claimed a new deal will not be discussed until the end of the season. Sources close to Conte claim the Italian is learning English.
In his autobiography ‘I Think Therefore I Play’, Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo wrote this of Conte: “I consider myself particularly fortunate: I know Antonio Conte. I’ve worked with a lot of coaches in my time and he’s the one who surprised me the most. One little speech, a few simple words, was all it took for him to win me over.” He continued later in the chapter: “When Conte speaks, his words assault you. They crash through the doors of your mind, often quite violently, and settle deep within you. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve found myself saying: ‘Hell, Conte said something spot on again today.'” If he’s good enough for a player of Pirlo’s ilk, then it proves the worth of his credentials.
Representatives acting for United are understood to have made contact with Simeone in the past 48 hours to express the club’s interest in the Atlético Madrid coach and find out whether he is open to the prospect of moving to Old Trafford.
Conte and Simeone, 43, would represent the promise of a more long-term appointment, while Van Gaal, 62, and Ancelotti, 54, would offer United’s Class of ’92 a wealth of experience from which to learn.