Antonio Conte says he wants to manage AS Roma or Napoli in the future and has hinted that he was once ready to get into a physical altercation with Jose Mourinho.
It has been seven months since Conte was sacked by Spurs following his explosive rant where he hit out at the club’s players, accusing them all of being selfish following the 3-3 draw at St Mary’s (ESPN).
It was reported by Sport Mediaset (via VoceGiallorossa) at the start of this month that Roma could turn to the 53-year-old to replace Mourinho but that speculation has died down as the Giallorossi’s form has improved.
Sky Sport Italia claimed last week that the former Tottenham head coach was being considered by Napoli as a potential replacement for Rudi Garcia.
The report added that the Serie A club’s hierarchy held a meeting about the Frenchman’s future and that Conte’s name was discussed.
Conte has now admitted that he would be open to taking over at the Stadio Olimpico or the Diego Armando Maradona stadium.
When asked if the Roma or Napoli hot seats would interest him, he told Rai TV program Belve, (as relayed by Football Italia): “Those are two clubs that I’d like to try for the passion fans have. I hope one day I’ll have a chance to live this experience.”
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He made it clear that he will not take a job in the middle of the season, remarking that “those situations have been created before I arrive”, which is perhaps a reference to his time at Spurs.
Conte and Mourinho had a high-profile public spat a few years ago when the former was in charge of Chelsea and the latter of Manchester United (Sky Sports).
Talking about that argument, the Italian revealed that he once said to the Portuguese coach: “I’ll see you in my office.” When pressed on further details, the former Spurs boss added: “I come from the street, never forget it.”
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I have a feeling that we are going to keep hearing digs about Tottenham from Conte over the next year or so as his ego will not allow him to accept that he ultimately failed.
It certainly helps that Postecoglou has shown him up so far by bringing the best out of the players that he deemed to be not good enough.