Jordan backs ‘difficult bugger’ to ‘fix’ Man Utd problems

Date published: Friday 28th May 2021 9:45 - Will Ford

Simon Jordan admits Antonio Conte is a “difficult bugger” who “leaves a trail of carnage” wherever he goes, but backs the former Chelsea boss to “fix all problems” at Manchester United.

The Italian manager left Inter Milan on Wednesday having guided them to the Serie A title.

His departure ha raised eyebrows following that success, but he is said to have disagreed with the club’s proposed cost-cutting measures, including potentially selling star striker Romelu Lukaku this summer.

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Conte is known to upset apple carts wherever he goes and Jordan says he “drives owners mad”.

It’s for that reason he and Tottenham – who have also been linked with the 51-year-old – would be a “match made in hell”.

But Jordan claims United have the financial might to cope with his demands, making him a good fit at Old Trafford.

“Antonio Conte is a difficult bugger but one of the few clubs that can harness his ambitions economically are Man United,” Jordan told talkSPORT.

“You want to win something in the here and now and to change the direction of the club, someone like Antonio Conte coming to Manchester United would probably be the fix that fixes all problems.

“He goes to places and wins things and he upsets everybody, he drives the ownership mad but I bet there’s a bunch of Manchester United fans who’d say ‘we’d welcome that because our owners are a bunch of disingenuous slobs’.

“If you want to win something in the here and now, he’s just come off the back of winning Serie A. Everywhere he goes he wins something of significance.

“But he does leave a trail of carnage. He left Inter Milan because they want to cut the cloth, reduce the wages because everyone’s bleeding out of their eyes financially and sell players. He doesn’t fancy it…

“Man United can afford this. They can afford someone who’s a little bit difficult about what he does and doesn’t want because Man United have got such a gap to bridge between themselves and Manchester City.”


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