Antonio Conte was reportedly keen on joining Manchester United but could not turn down Tottenham Hotspur’s offer as the Red Devils hierarchy was stuck by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as per the report in The Athletic.
Following a disappointing defeat against Liverpool, the Norwegian’s position was under real threat but after coming away victorious against Tottenham, the Red Devils boss is looking likely to keep his job for the next few games at least.
On the other hand, having endured a stinging defeat against the Red Devils, the Lillywhites hierarchy have decided to dismiss Nuno Espirito Santo and appoint Antonio Conte as the Portuguese’s successor at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
According to The Athletic, Conte told his close friends that he wanted to succeed Solskjaer at Manchester United but the Italian manager felt that the Red Devils are strongly backing the Norwegian boss and do not want to sack him anytime soon.
The report further claims that the Italian manager’s interest in joining the Old Trafford club has helped Lillywhites’ chairman Daniel Levy to finalize a deal very quickly. Conte has signed an 18-month contract with the Spurs and after working with the Italian in Juventus, Spurs’ sporting director Fabio Paratici will be reuniting with his old colleague at the north London club.
Conte to Tottenham might prolong the future of Solskjaer at Manchester United:
Antonio Conte was leading the race to become the next Manchester United manager if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was to be sacked. However, as a result of the Italian manager joining Tottenham Hotspur, there isn’t any elite coach available who might become the next Red Devils boss.
So, this situation might help the United hierarchy to give Solskjaer more time, as they weren’t keen on sacking the Norwegian at the first instance.
Meanwhile, following the arrival of Antonio Conte, there are currently four elite managers who will be competing in the Premier League. With winning the Premier League already looking far away for Solskjaer’s side, qualifying for the Champions League might also become tough for Manchester United, as it will be tough for the Norwegian boss to go toe-to-toe against these four world-class tacticians and come away on top.