Conte Named Italy Manager
Former Juventus manager Antonio Conte has been unveiled as the new manager of the Italian national team, signing a 2 year deal through to the 2016 European Championship.
The 45 year old succeeds Cesare Prandelli, who resigned last month after Italy's early exit from the World Cup. The move hasn't surprised many, with Conte seeming the obvious choice after he resigned from his club role at Juventus. He enjoyed great success with the Turin-based team, winning 3 Serie A titles to go along with his promotions at Bari and Siena. His win ratio of 72.8% is the highest of any Juventus manager since 1971.
Conte is renowned as a tactical innovator
The Italian Football Federation have said that in addition to his salary, Conte will receive bonuses for European Championship qualification, rising 5 places in the FIFA rankings, and/or making the finals of the 2016 tournament.
The qualification begins in September, hosting Norway in Udine, and Italy will be confident of moving on from a poor showing in Brazil and rebuilding under Conte.