The Serie A champions wasted little time in finding a replacement as Sky Sports' Fabrizio Romano reported the news on Wednesday:
Massimiliano Allegri has signed his contract as new Juventus manager— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 16, 2014
The club later confirmed the hire:
ESPN's James Horncastle provided the highlights from Allegri's introductory press conference:
Allegri: It’s an honour for me. Let’s say it’s a bolt from the blue.— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) July 16, 2014
Allegri: First and foremost I consider myself fortunate.— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) July 16, 2014
Allegri: I understand the scepticism of the fans. I will win them over with work, respect and professionalism.— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) July 16, 2014
Allegri: I believe Juve have to be in Europe’s top 8— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) July 16, 2014
Allegri: "I’m happy to coach players like Pogba and Vidal.” Naturally— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) July 16, 2014
Sacked earlier this year as coach of Milan after three-and-a-half years in charge, the 46-year-old will be expected, at the very least, to lead Juventus to a fourth Serie A title in as many years.
Allegri to Juventus confirmed. Press conference at 15:00 CET #JuveNews— Adam Digby (@Adz77) July 16, 2014
He has previous form as a league title winner, having led Milan to Scudetto glory in 2011 before finishing second and third respectively in the following two seasons.
Many speculated, including Matteo Bonetti of beIN Sports, that Conte's sudden departure was down to Juve's intentions to sell on some of their best players—including the likes of Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba—which, if true, could make Allegri's job a difficult one:
However, Conte himself cited different reasons, including the pressure of continued success that goes with the Juventus manager's job, as per Luke Augustus of the Daily Mail:
I have matured with time and my feelings led me to make this choice. It may be more difficult to keep winning with Juventus. [...]
Winning is difficult. It comes with a lot of effort, especially in a club like Juventus where there is the obligation of victory, but I showed I'm a winner.
Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta addressed Vidal's future during Wednesday's press conference, as per Horncastle:
Marotta: Vidal is a Juventus player. Many things have been written. We’ve never put him up for sale— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) July 16, 2014
Marotta cont: Important clubs have asked after him, but we have never sat down to talk— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) July 16, 2014
Allegri was let go by Milan halfway through last season as they endured an awful term which eventually saw them finish a lowly eighth, 45 points behind Juventus.
Clear to me that Conte resigned the second he found out that some of his key pieces at Juve are being sold. He wanted an ambitious project— Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) July 15, 2014
He likely faces a tough challenge at Juventus to prove that he still has the credentials as a top manager, and a good performance in the Champions League will also be expected after the Turin outfit failed to make it out of the group stages in 2013-14.