Allegri succeeds Conte at Juventus helm

Massimiliano Allegri intends to "convince the fans with good results, hard work, respect and professionalism" after succeeding Antonio Conte as Juventus coach.

Massimiliano Allegri (AC Milan)
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Juventus have named former AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri as successor to Antonio Conte, who left the Bianconeri on Tuesday. "I know how important it is to coach this club," said the 46-year-old Allegri, who has signed a two-year deal.

Allegri had been without a club since being dismissed by Milan in January. He led the Rossoneri to the Scudetto during his first season in charge before then guiding them to second and third-placed finishes, ensuring UEFA Champions League qualification on each occasion.

"I understand that the supporters could be a little sceptical right now as they've changed their coach in less than 24 hours," said Allegri in his first press conference at the Juve helm. "I will try to convince them with good results, hard work, respect and professionalism.

"I won't radically change the team, I will work on the players and try to make this strong team even stronger. Juventus are still the favourites in Italy, while there are many other big clubs playing in Europe. We have to be one of the best eight in Europe. I will try to get the best out of my players and will adapt to their characteristics."

Allegri also won an Italian Super Cup with Milan in 2011, as well as claiming the Panchina d'Oro award as best coach in Serie A in 2008 when in the Cagliari Calcio dug-out. Before joining the Sardinian side, Allegri had gained experience in the lower leagues with US Grosseto FC and US Sassuolo Calcio.

Juventus, who collected their third Scudetto in a row under Conte last term, will start the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League from the group stage.