Italy hires ex-Juventus coach Antonio Conte as national team manager

Italy has hired former Juventus coach Antonio Conte to be the national team's manager. The Italian-born manager resigned from Juventus earlier this year after winning three straight Serie A titles since he was hired in 2011.
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The Italy men's national team has hired former Juventus coach Antonio Conte as its manager, beIN Sports' Tancredi Palmeri reports.

The Italian-born manager resigned from Juventus earlier this year after winning Serie A titles each season since he was hired in 2011. He had been rumored to be the favorite for the job, but was reportedly negotiating for more decision-making power.

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Palmeri reports the contract will make Conte the second highest-paid international manager behind Russia's Fabio Capello.

Conte replaces Cesare Prandelli, who resigned this summer following Italy's elimination from the FIFA World Cup in the group stage.

- Paul Palladino