Juventus will have a new manager to impress against the Foxtel A-League All Stars after Antonio Conte handed in his resignation overnight, fuelling speculation he could take over the vacant Italian national team position.
Conte resigned from his post as Juventus coach, despite signing a one-year contract extension in May, the club have confirmed.
The coach guided the club to a third consecutive league title last season and seemed to bring an end to the speculation surrounding his future in May when he pledged his future to the club until summer 2015.
However, the 44-year-old has made an incredible u-turn by handing in his resignation on Tuesday, confirming.
"I have decided to terminate my contract with Juventus," the coach said in an interview on the club's official website.
"When did I make this decision? I have matured with time and my feelings led me to make this choice. It may be more difficult to keep winning with Juventus."
He was then asked if he was interested in going on to take over the Italy national team.
"I’m thinking now of the decision that I have just taken," he replied, before giving a message to the club's fans.
"An enormous thank you for what you have given to me as a player and as a coach. I have always been close to you. I want to say that the journey taken in recent years has been historic.
"I want to thank all my players who have allowed me to win and have helped me to grow. I thank the club that has always been close to me, I thank Andrea Agnelli who supported me and I thank the staff and all employees who have worked with me to make this a winning Juventus.
"What will I do? I'll think about it tomorrow."The FOXTEL A-League All Stars will meet Juventus at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on 10 August with the match to be broadcast live and exclusive on the Seven Network nationally. Match Details FOXTEL A-League All Stars v Juventus FC Sunday 10 August 2014 ANZ Stadium, Sydney Kick-Off: 7:30 pm AEST Click here to buy your tickets online. To purchase over the phone, please call Ticketek on 132 849 or get your tickets from your local Ticket agency. Ticket Prices Category A - $169.50 all tickets Category B - $99.50 Adult, $59.50 Concession, $258.50 Family Category C - $59.50 Adult, $39.50 Concession, $158.50 Family Juventus Active Area - $59.50 Adult, $39.50 Concession Ticket Prices are inclusive of GST & Booking Fee. Transaction and credit card charges may apply. Ticket Price includes Public Transport, conditions apply. Hashtag: #ALvJUVE