Serie A: Will Antonio Conte Stay as Long as Juventus Keep Winning?
It has been an incredibly successful two years for Juventus with Antonio Conte at the helm—the Italian tactician has clinched two consecutive league titles. Last year's run in the Champions League would suggest that they have the required ability to compete in Europe, and with reinforcements arriving this summer, they will be expected to further improve.
With Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez adding more class to an already gifted front-line, as well as another Italian international defender in Angelo Ogbonna joining the Bianconeri, it is widely recognised that the Turin giants are yet again the team to beat in Italy next season. Even more, they can go on to succeed in Europe's premier competition.
While their more immediate rivals have also improved, with the likes of Milan and Inter putting in place a strategy that is likely to benefit them in the long-term, the standard that Juve have set over the past two seasons has yet to be matched.
However, the question posed is how long will Conte be motivated to stay if he were to continue to lead the Old Lady to success? Given his attachment to a club he has now served as both a player and a coach, it would seem as though there would be no reason for the 43-year-old to contemplate an exit.
Nevertheless, as reported by the BBC back in May, Conte has previously revealed the temptation to manage abroad is one that he is unlikely to turn down for the entirety of his coaching career.
At the same time, the Juve boss is currently in a position he dreamed about as a player, and admitted that winning the title as a coach is even more fulfilling than winning it as part of the playing squad. Given that his desire to restore one of European football's biggest clubs to its former glory remains his number one priority, just how long will he continue?
Comparisons can, and have been made with Sir Alex Ferguson with regards to the potential of Conte's stay at Juventus. However, given the nature of modern day football, it is nonsensical to suggest that he will remain in Turin for the next few years let alone the next 20, as he has yet to really suffer from a extended poor period of results or necessarily had to consider his own future.
The question that Conte will eventually ask himself though, is whether or not it is time for a new challenge. While the Premier League will remain an attractive option, Conte will surely be among the candidates considered to replace Cesare Prandelli when he calls time on his stint in charge of the Azzurri.
With Juventus' domination on the pitch likely to continue despite the increasing competitiveness of Serie A next season, it may well be up to Conte to decide on when the time is right for a new adventure.
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