Antonio Conte has walked out of his job as coach of Italian champions Juventus, the Turin based club announced on Tuesday.
The shock announcement came in a video posted on the club’s official website, in which Conte confirmed his departure after “a decision by mutual agreement to terminate the contract with Juventus which was due to run until the end of the 2014-15 season”.
Conte steered Juventus to a third consecutive title last season, the first time the club has achieved the feat since a five-season title run in the 1930s.
But after the celebrations had subsided, he hinted he could quit the Serie A giants if they failed to invest in players during the summer break, ahead of a fresh assault on the Champions League.
Speculation will now likely turn to Conte’s future employment, and the possibility that he could take over as the manager of the Italian national team after Cesare Prandelli resigned following this year’s World Cup.
Given the success he had at Juventus, he would surely be a popular pick to take over the national team. Also, given the familiarity he already has with many of the players who represent Italy internationally, he would have a relatively easy transition to that position.
Surely, a manager of his ability won’t be without a job for long.