Neville says there's no chance Liverpool would appoint 53-year-old manager after Klopp
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Neville says there's no chance Liverpool would appoint 53-year-old manager after Klopp

Gary Neville has claimed that Liverpool wouldn’t be interested in hiring Antonio Conte as manager.

Conte is currently under pressure at Tottenham Hotspur, as they sit just outside the top four. Famously combustible, it feels like a matter of time before he either leaves, or is pushed out in North London.

But speaking to Sky Sports MNF via Football Daily last night, Neville said the Italian would struggle to find another top job if he left Spurs.

“Barcelona and Real Madrid are they going to have him? No. Bayern Munich going to have him? No. Are Liverpool or Chelsea or Manchester United going to have him? No. He’s at the best club he could possibly be at at this moment in time!” the pundit insisted.

Conte loses Liverpool possibility

Perhaps Neville meant Liverpool won’t take Conte as manager right now. In which case, with Jurgen Klopp still at the helm and going nowhere, that’s pretty obvious.

But as a wider point, it’s worth pointing out the damage that Conte’s spell at Tottenham could be doing to his career prospects.

Taking Klopp out of the question, it’s likely that Liverpool might have had a punt on him before his Spurs stint. A title-winning manager in both Italy and England, the 53-year-old is a born winner.

As an elite-level coach, Conte would perhaps have been considered by any club on the planet two years ago.

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Now, with a slightly underwhelming year-and-a-bit at Tottenham, that probably isn’t the case anymore.

Just as it did for Jose Mourinho before him, taking the Spurs job looks like it might have signalled the end of an elite coaching career for Conte.

Of course, Mourinho is still at it, and doing reasonably well for Roma. But would the sides Neville mentioned now be looking at the ‘special one’ if they had an opening with the top job? No chance.

That means no disrespect to Spurs, they’ve gone out and had a go with two of the best managerial minds of the past two decades. At one stage or another Liverpool would have loved to hire either. Now, it’s a firm ‘no, thank you.’

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