Massimiliano Allegri to Juventus: Latest Contract Details, Reaction and More

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2014

MILAN, ITALY - DECEMBER 11:  Head coach AC Milan Massimiliano Allegri reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between AC Milan and Ajax Amsterdam at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on December 11, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Juventus have appointed former AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri as their new manager after the surprise resignation of Antonio Conte on Tuesday. 

The Serie A champions wasted little time in finding a replacement as Sky Sports' Fabrizio Romano reported the news on Wednesday:    

The club later confirmed the hire: 

ESPN's James Horncastle provided the highlights from Allegri's introductory press conference:

Allegri's contract is worth a reported €2 million (£1.6 million) over a two-year period, as per The Guardian.

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.

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:

TURIN, ITALY - MAY 18:  Juventus FC head coach Antonio Conte salutes during the Serie A match between Juventus and Cagliari Calcio at Juventus Arena on May 18, 2014 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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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:

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.

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.