Juventus have announced that their manager Antonio Conte has ended his three-year relationship with the Italian club.
The former ‘Bianconeri’ fan favourite midfielder, 44, was contracted with the Serie A champion until 2015, but has decided to leave by “mutual consent” after leading the club to three straight Scudetto titles.
He became the Turin-based team’s coach in May 2011, replacing Luigi Delneri and led the club to 102 wins in 151 games (with a win rate of 68%)
According to reports by La Gazzetta, the former Atalanta and Siena boss decided to put paid to his ties with the 32-time Italian champions due to lack of investment in new players so far in the summer.
He reached many landmarks as manager of the ‘Old Lady;’ equaling Fabio Capello’s run of 28 unbeaten games in March 2012 after a 5-0 thrashing of Fiorentina and winning the both legs of the Derby d’Italia against rivals Inter Milan since the latter former countryman now in charge of the Russian national team.
Juve finished the 2011/12 Italian league season unbeaten after their 3-1 win over Atalanta, becoming the first team to attain such feat since the Serie A expanded to 20 team and 38 rounds format.
“Dear Antonio, you have been a great leader for our team and today’s news saddens me immensely,” Juve president Andrea Agnelli said.
“I think about the three years we spent together, the three years in which we rewrote this club’s history: three Scudetti in a row, two Italian Super Cups, and perhaps more importantly a period of exponential growth.
“Yet in the face of sentiment and personal feelings even a president needs to take a step back.
Barely two months have passed since our last major success and Juventus must continue on its path. We’ll start again from zero. Zero points in the table, just like all the others, and zero wins.
“Juventus will start again with a squad of highly talented, professional footballers who will give their all for the new coach and go on writing this club’s present and future. You have been a part of Juventus’ history and I know that whatever choice you make, hearing of a Juventus victory will always bring a smile to your face.
“Beppe, Fabio, Pavel and I, together with all the players, the management and staff, will continue to work night and day, because that is no less than Juventus and Juventini deserve. And anyone who works at this club knows they must live up to its great tradition in every moment. Thanks for everything, Antonio.”
Former AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri and ex-Inter Milan, Manchester City and Galatasaray boss Toberto Mancini have been linked with the vacant Juventus managerial position.
Key midfielder Arturo Vidal is strongly linked with a move to Premier League giants Manchester United.