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Conte named new Juventus coach

Updated: Tuesday, 31 May 2011 16:18

Antonio Conte - Earned promotion to Serie A with Siena last season
Antonio Conte - Earned promotion to Serie A with Siena last season

Juventus have appointed Antonio Conte as their new head coach on a two-year contract.

The 41-year-old former Juve and Italy midfielder, who won promotion to Serie A with Siena last season, will take up the reins of the Turin club on July 1.

He will succeed Luigi del Neri, whose departure was confirmed by the Bianconeri earlier today.

Conte joined Juve from Lecce in 1991 and spent 13 years with the club, winning five Serie A titles, the 1993 UEFA Cup, the 1995 Coppa Italia and the 1996 Champions League.

He admitted at his unveiling this afternoon that he had always wanted to return to the Stadio Olimpico.

'I always wanted to go to Juve,' he said.

'It was my constant thought. I thank director general [Giuseppe] Marotta and president [Andrea] Agnelli. For me, it's a homecoming.

'I should point out that arriving at a big club like Juve brings great satisfaction. I bring the principles of play, the ideas that have accompanied me on my journey.

'The main objective is to return to being contenders, in keeping with the history of Juve. We will do everything to take the club back to those levels.'

Conte became assistant coach of Siena in 2005 after hanging up his boots. Spells at Arezzo, Bari and Atalanta followed before he returned to Siena to take up the post of coach 12 months ago.