Juventus Rejuvenation Will Make Antonio Conte Wanted Coach Across Europe

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterMay 4, 2014

TURIN, ITALY - APRIL 19:  Juventus     head coach Antonio Conte looks on during the Serie A match between Juventus and Bologna FC at Juventus Arena on April 19, 2014 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Winning a title without playing might not be the ideal way to celebrate, but Juventus won't be complaining after a third successive Serie A title came their way on Sunday.

Juve's nearest challengers Roma suffered a surprise 4-1 defeat at bottom club Catania to gift the Scudetto to the Turin club, who will line up against Atalanta on Monday evening safe in the knowledge that there will be a party after game, regardless of the result.

After missing out on a Europa League final at their home Juventus Stadium, the Old Lady were desperately keen to win the championship in front of their own supporters, but few fans will be bothered as they attend the next match with thumping heads from Sunday's celebrations.

What could be a worse headache for the Serie A club is the future of head coach Antonio Conte.

UDINE, ITALY - APRIL 14:  Head coach  of Juventus Antonio Conte looks on during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and Juventus at Stadio Friuli on April 14, 2014 in Udine, Italy.  (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images)
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The former Italy international took over from Luigi Delneri in June 2011, and although the appointment of Conte surprised some, the former Juventus star was a popular choice among the supporters.

Juve had struggled to reclaim top spot in Italian football since returning to Serie A in 2007 following their ignominious demotion after the 2006 match-fixing scandal.

The appointment of Conte was to soon changed that, and he won the Scudetto at a canter in 2012 with the team remaining undefeated throughout the campaign.

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And Conte has continued to turn around the fortunes of the Turin club, with title wins in each of the following seasons.

But that success could come at a cost, with major European clubs across the continent already being linked with a move for the Juventus head coach.

TURIN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 27:  Head coach of Juventus Antonio Conte reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Juventus and FC Copenhagen at Juventus Arena on November 27, 2013 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph reported that Manchester United had the Juve boss on their radar after the sacking of David Moyes.

The future of Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich appears uncertain, with the former Barcelona coach making a "back me or sack me" plea on Friday, as the Daily Telegraph noted.

And the questions over Gerardo Martino at Barcelona reached a crescendo at the weekend after the draw with Getafe left the Camp Nou side on the fringes of the La Liga title race.

The Argentine accepted the responsibility for a disappointing season for the Catalan club, as Marca reported.

The summer transfer window is one of the most intriguing times in football, but the movement of managers invariably precedes the players' market.

Conte will be high among the names to figure prominently in speculation if the giants of European football feel a managerial changes are necessary.


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