There was a genuinely surprising football story on Tuesday, as Juventus manager Antonio Conte announced his resignation with immediate effect.
It was a decision that was not widely anticipated, leaving the Italian champions to start the search for a new head coach just as preseason training is getting underway.
Speculation has already begun that Conte's resignation was sparked by the club's intention to sell one of its stars, Arturo Vidal, to Manchester United.
On Wednesday The Sun (subscription required) reported:
Manchester United's swoop for £35 million Arturo Vidal has sparked a walk-out by Juventus boss Antonio Conte.
New United chief Louis van Gaal hopes to complete the signing of the 27-year-old midfielder this week.
Chelsea have also been credited with an interest in Vidal's team-mate, Paul Pogba, with the potential departure of both midfielders likely to rip the heart out of a side that won the last three Serie A titles under Conte's guidance.
Adding weight to the rumours, in announcing his resignation Conte referred to the difficulty he foresaw in sustaining the same level of success at the club in future—something that would be the case if the club was about to sell one of its best players.
"I have decided to terminate my contract with Juventus," Conte said, per Sky Sports. "I have matured with time and my feelings led me to make this choice.
"It may be more difficult to keep winning with Juventus."
On the other hand, perhaps Conte was just being honest. Pep Guardiola is another manager who has consistently stated that it is hard for any manager to maintain the same levels for more than a three- or four-year span.
What do you think, did Conte resign in protest at the plans the club had to sell its top stars? Or was this simply to right time for him to walk away, after so much domestic success? Leave your comments below.
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