Former AC Milan manager, Massimiliano Allegri, is set to be announced as the new manager of Serie A Champions Juventus on a two year deal, following the sudden resignation by Antonio Conte, as reported by Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy.
Conte stunned Juventus last night by resigning from the club he has spent most of his career as a player and a manager, for reasons that are thought to be a difference of opinion with the board over the summer transfer dealings.
The 44-year old Italian spent 13-years at the club as a player and delivered an unprecedented three consecutive titles as the manager since his appointment in 2011 and following a record breaking season which saw the Turin giants become the first club to rack up over 100 League points, Conte dropped the bombshell with reports suggesting he wasn't given the full backing of the board to strengthen his squad in order to mount a serious challenge on Europe this season.
Speculation continues to surround Juventus stars Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal, both big money targets for a host of top European sides.
Selling either or both of Conte's midfield duo might have provided the club with much needed liquidity, however from a footballing perspective Conte would have viewed the decision as detrimental to their ambitions of establishing themselves alongside Europe's elite once again.
Yesterday evening Conte told Juventus TV: "I need to announce the decision to mutually terminate my contract with Juventus, which tied us together for this season. There was a journey towards this decision."
The news came as a bombshell to all players and fans of Juventus who will be demanding clarification from the club about what led the Juventus legend to turn his back on the club that has meant so much to him.
Juventus have moved quickly in finding a replacement in what will be viewed as a damage limitation exercise, and it appears former AC Milan tactician Massimiliano Allegri, will take over on a €2 million-a-year deal for the next two years.
The 46-year-old Allegri has been jobless since being dismissed by Milan in January, with the San Siro based outfit in the middle of a shocking season when they trailed Juve by as many as 30 points.
Conte a Juventus legend
Yesterday, a clearly disappointed Conte, refused to talk about his future simply saying: "For now I'm thinking about the present, about the decision I've just made," added Conte. "I'll think about my future tomorrow."
Speculation is already gathering pace that Conte will take over the Italian post vacated by Cesare Prandelli following Italy's group stage exit from the World Cup in Brazil.
Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon was clearly stunned by the unexpected announcement by Conte, stating: "It was an unexpected decision, a bolt from the blue.
"Juventus lose a great deal, it's pointless denying what our coach truly brings to the team and how much of the credit he deserves for the last three years.
"Probably it is something that matured over time and had been brewing for a while.
"I don't know why he decided to leave, as I haven't spoken to him. But when you reach decisions like this, the only reason can be you no longer want to continue this type of work."
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