Juventus turns to Massimiliano Allegri

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 26, 2014 at 4:24 am •  Published: August 26, 2014
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MILAN (AP) — Juventus was still celebrating its third straight Serie A title when Antonio Conte announced he was quitting the club.

Less than 24 hours later, Massimiliano Allegri was revealed as his successor.

"It was like a lightning bolt in a clear sky when I was called," Allegri said after signing a two-year deal. "It's an honor and I realize how important it is to coach Juventus. I'm here to help this squad continue to win."

Allegri, a former AC Milan coach, is the antithesis of Conte in style, personality and background. He was fired by Milan in January, after 3½ seasons with the squad. He led the Rossoneri to the Serie A title in his first year in charge in 2010-11, but struggled after Milan sold its best players, with several others retiring.

Juventus owner John Elkann is convinced Allegri is the right man for the job, revealing a surprising fact about the team's new coach.

"We have always done great things and I am sure we can continue that with Allegri," Elkann said. "He feels profoundly connected to Juventus and confessed to me he has always been a Bianconeri fan. A new era begins and it will certainly be ambitious.

"The fans' aims are to win the Champions League and defend our league title. Juve has the same ones, we have won a lot in the past and now our aim is still the same."

Allegri has the toughest act to follow. Not only did Conte win the league in his first season in charge, but he did so without losing a match. He bettered that last season with a record 102 points as Juventus became the first Italian club to break the 100-point barrier.

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