Five things Antonio Conte’s Juventus exit could mean
European football has been rocked by the shock resignation of Juventus manager Antonio Conte. The 44-year-old won three straight Serie A titles in as many season with the Turin giants, but decided to quit the Old Lady when players returned for pre-season training.
Coral assess the impact this could have Juve, Italian football and the Premier League with five things Conte’s exit may mean.
Conte is next Italy manager
As one door closes, another opens. Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli and Italian football federation (FIGC) president Giancarlo Abete both tendered their resignations following a second successive group stage exit at the World Cup.
Notorious pragmatist Prandelli was unable to replicate reaching the final of Euro 2012 in Brazil, but instead emulated predecessor Marcello Lippi, who in his second spell presided over falling at the first hurdle in South Africa.
Italy’s top job is vacant, then, and who better to fill it than talented, young coach Conte? He’s likely to bring his 3-5-2 formation to the Azzurri, and just need to unearth a left wing back somewhere and he has a team.
Arturo Vidal joins Manchester United
Box-to-box Chile and Juve star Vidal is strongly linked with a switch to Old Trafford as Louis van Gaal’s Red Devils revolution begins in earnest. Players leaving certainly look like having had the potential to make Conte quit. After all, how can he maintain the Old Lady on top of Serie A if they sell their best and brightest?
Paul Pogba is coming to the Premier League
In a similar vein, the World Cup’s young player of the tournament Pogba could also be on his way out of Turin. The accolades just keep on coming for the most recent recipient of the Golden Boy award.
Pogba was one that got away from Manchester United, but he could easily join up with another Premier League club, perhaps even their cross-Carrington rivals City. It might be tempting, however, to return to France and join his Les Bleus international colleagues Blaise Matuidi and Yohan Cabaye in the PSG midfield.
Patrice Evra is staying put at Old Trafford
Now Conte has gone, maybe France left back Evra will honour the one-year contract extension handed to him by United before the World Cup. Juve were keen on recruiting him and, given Serie A’s penchant for age being no barrier, were willing to give him a two-year deal.
Evra could opt to stay where he is settled, even if he does play second fiddle to summer signing Luke Shaw under Van Gaal at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’. He may be waiting to see who is appoitned as Conte’s successor at Juve, and all indications are that it will be…
Massimiliano Allegri is new Juventus boss
Those that follow Serie A will know Max Allegri’s reputation was tarnished by stagnation and decline at AC Milan. He was sacked for such failure in January, so why reward that by walking into a top job again so soon?
Allegri is a strong early favourite to step into Conte’s shoes in Turin, having pushed his potential predecessor hard for the Scudetto in 2011/12. Other rumoured candidates are holding down other jobs, so this would be a cheap no compensation needed option for the Old Lady.