Antonio Conte Unveiled At San Siro
To the surprise of fans across Italy, A.C. Milan have appointed 43-year-old Antonio Conte as their new manager following his departure from Serie A champions Juventus. Conte, whom left Juventus by mutual consent, has signed a three-year deal at the Rossoneri and will replace Clarence Seedorf after he left the club earlier this summer.
"It's a great pleasure to announce Antonio as our new manager," said club owner Silvio Berlusconi to the baying media. "I hope that he will guarantee success at Milan for many years to come. Our rivals Juventus made a big mistake by letting Conte slip through their fingers and we have now benefitted greatly. A 19th scudetto will soon be ours."
Conte's managerial career didn't begin well as he was fired from his first managerial role at Arezzo before leaving Bari by mutual consent. At his next club, Atalanta, Antonio Conte was forced to resign by the clubs ultras after a series of confrontations during a 2-0 loss to Napoli. In May of 2011, Juventus Director Giuseppe Marotta appointed the Italian manager with the intention of returning the club to the pinnacle of European football.
Despite winning three consecutive Serie A titles, Conte failed to help Juventus progress on the European stage. In the 2012-2013 season, Juventus were beaten 4-0 on aggregate by eventual winners Bayern Munich in the Quarter Final. As Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez arrived to help their European efforts, Juventus were disappointingly knocked out of the Champions League at the Group Stages before exiting the Europa League to Benfica.
"After enjoying three successful years at Juventus, I have now decided to challenge myself here at Milan," said Conte at his unveiling. "I've inherited a squad which needs work and that's what we'll be doing this summer. We've already earmarked a number of targets which we hope we can bring to the club. I will do everything in my power to bring a 19th scudetto to this great club."