‘No talks’ – Romano rules out move to Newcastle for ex-Chelsea boss

Date published: Wednesday 20th October 2021 1:23 - Lewis Oldham

Newcastle linked Antonio Conte

Respected journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed that “no talks” have taken place between Newcastle United and Antonio Conte.

The Italian is one of the most decorated managers in world football. He is currently out of work as he left Inter Milan earlier this year.

Conte departed the Italian giants after he helped them win the Serie A title last season.

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The 52-year-old managed Chelsea between 2016 and 2018. In that time, he won the Premier League and FA Cup.

Earlier this month, Rio Ferdinand suggested that Newcastle should replace Bruce with Conte. 

Steve Bruce left the Magpies by “mutual consent” on Wednesday. Romano has revealed via Twitter that Paulo Fonseca and Lucien Favre are options for Newcastle. He adds that “no talks” have taken place with Conte “as things stand”:

“Paulo Fonseca and Lucien Favre are still among ‘options’ on Newcastle list for manager role. No talks with Antonio Conte as things stand now. Fonseca, open to discuss.

“Talks opened few days ago with Fonseca, Favre is waiting too. Nothing agreed yet. Race still open.”

Elsewhere, Bruce has revealed some of the abusive messages he received while he was Newcastle boss:

“I really have to thank all the people who have worked alongside me, because I can be demanding and I can be hard work – especially when I was younger. “When we get beat, I get very low, but when you are managing in the Premier League with Birmingham, Wigan, Hull, Sunderland you do get better at dealing with it. You have to.

“By the time I got to Newcastle, I thought I could handle everything thrown at me but it has been very, very tough. To never really be wanted, to feel that people wanted me to fail, to read people constantly saying I would fail, that I was useless, a fat waste of space, a stupid, tactically inept cabbage-head or whatever. And it was from day one.

“When we were doing ok results wise, it was ‘yeah but the style of football is rubbish’ or I was just ‘lucky.’ It was ridiculous and persistent, even when the results were good.

“The best one was to be told we were a relegation team in all but points…this was all in the first season. We finished 13th. It [the criticism and abuse] got even worse in the second year. We finished 12th, 17 points clear of the bottom three.

“I tried to enjoy it and, you know, I did. I’ve always enjoyed the fight, proving people wrong, but that’s all it ever seemed to be. A fight, a battle. It does take its toll because even when you win a game, you don’t feel like you are winning over the supporters.”

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