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Cont make any promises
Antonio Conte has told Tottenham fans that he is still a long way away from bringing trophies to North London.
The Italian tactician, 53, saw his side fall to a 2-1 home defeat against Liverpool yesterday, leaving them eight points adrift of Premier League leaders and bitter rivals Arsenal.
Conte told reporters in the aftermath: "I can’t promise in this moment to win trophies for our fans because in this moment we are far away from doing it.
"Then if it happens in domestic league, then it would be super. I repeat, I continue to ask for time and patience, because I have the experience to tell that we are far from other teams that are used to winning and have squads strong to win."
The former Chelsea boss, who has never spent more than three seasons at a single club in his managerial career, also hinted that a mutual parting of ways could occur next summer if club chiefs did not share his patient outlook.
He added: "If we understand this together, it would be good. Otherwise, I repeat, everybody wants to win, I am the first that wants to win but we need time and patience.
"If everybody knows we have time and patience, it is okay. Otherwise, I think we continue this season and we will see at the end what happens."
Reds for sale
Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group say they are open to offers from prospective buyers who wish to take over the Merseyside giants.
Reports have claimed the American-based group — who also own baseball's Boston Red Sox — are actively having the club valued and now FSG have moved to clarify their position.
In a statement given to The Athletic, the group said: "There have been a number of recent changes of ownership and rumours of changes in ownership at EPL clubs and inevitably we are asked regularly about Fenway Sports Group’s ownership in Liverpool.
"FSG has frequently received expressions of interest from third parties seeking to become shareholders in Liverpool.
"FSG has said before that under the right terms and conditions we would consider new shareholders if it was in the best interests of Liverpool as a club.
"FSG remains fully committed to the success of Liverpool, both on and off the pitch."
Saints granted Jones permission
Southampton have been granted permission to speak to Luton boss Nathan Jones following Ralph Hasenhuttl’s sacking.
But Saints will have to wait until after the Hatters trip to Jones’ former club Stoke tomorrow night to finalise any talks.
They have moved quickly to snap up their top target, who was named Championship Manager of the Year after guiding Luton to the play-offs last season.
A statement said: "Luton Town football club can confirm that permission has been granted to Southampton to speak to Nathan Jones about their managerial vacancy following the Hatters’ match at Stoke City.
"We would like to place on record that the Premier League club have approached the board in the correct manner, for which we are grateful, and that the whole situation is extremely amicable with Southampton and with Nathan.
"We would also like to urge all supporters travelling to Stoke to show him and the team your support on what we hope will be yet another memorable away day."
If Jones is appointed before the weekend, his first game will be a daunting visit to Anfield to take on Liverpool.
Up for the cup
Eddie Howe will not let a looming Super Sunday showdown with Chelsea stop him from naming a strong Newcastle team for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash with Crystal Palace.
The Magpies soared up to third in the Premier League thanks to a 4-1 thrashing of Southampton yesterday, with Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl since being relieved of his duties.
Excitement is building on Tyneside regarding potential continental qualification, but the ex-Bournemouth boss has no intention of playing a significantly weakened side against the Eagles.
Howe said: "I think we’ll see what the state of the players is in terms of injuries. It was another big, physical effort [against Southampton].
"I know we have Chelsea right around the corner, so I will pick a team to try and win the game for sure.
"There will be no part of me that wants to go into that game and not progress."
The domestic cup is one that the Toon have remarkably never tasted success in, with their last FA Cup triumph coming back in 1956.
Referee Facundo Tello warmed up for his World Cup officiating duties by dishing out TEN red cards in Argentina’s Champions Trophy final on Sunday night.
Tempers flared in the clash between Racing Club and Boca Juniors after Racing midfielder Carlos Alcaraz opted to excessively celebrate his late match-winning goal in front of opposition supporters.
The move infuriated Boca, prompting a mass brawl which eventually resulted in five of their players being dismissed as well as goalscorer Alcaraz and his team-mate Jonathan Galvan.
Tello — who is one of two Argentinian referees heading to Qatar this month — had already sent off three players earlier in the fiery contest.