Don't Expect Me To Stay Too Long, I'm Not Ferguson - Conte To Chelsea FansChelsea's Italian manager, Antonio Conte, has revealed his admiration for legendary Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson, but doubts he can replicate the Scotsman’s career.
Conte made the declaration in the wake of comments by club director, Michael Emenalo, who said that he hopes the Italian goes on to manage Chelsea “forever”.
The former Juventus manager says he considers Ferguson a role model, while also revealing respect for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
“You are talking about two monsters, two great managers,” Conte said at a news conference at Cobham Training Centre.
“For me, fantastic managers because Sir Alex Ferguson is a good example for me.
“When I see him, but also when I see Arsene, they are a big example for me. I hope to have not completely their career, but 10 years, yes. It’s enough for me.
Conte, who masterminded a record 13-game winning streak for the Blues, was also full of praise for Premier League rival, Pep Guardiola, Goal writes.
“I have great respect for Pep and I think that when you have a method, when you have a philosophy of football, an idea you want to bring in every team you manage, you spend a lot of energy,” he said.
“And sometimes it can happen that you are a bit tired, more tired, in some periods. Above all when you were a footballer and then quickly you became a manager. You spend a lot of energy.
“Not just physical energy. Also mental energy. I’m sure that Pep wants to continue for a lot of time. his work is fantastic. When you decide to do this work it’s because you like this. You like to have this pressure that is enormous. We need this.”