Juventus appoint Allegri

Juventus have appointed Massimiliano Allegri as their new coach.

The former AC Milan boss has signed a two-year deal with the Serie A champions to replace Antonio Conte.

"Allegri is the new manager of Juventus," the club confirmed via Twitter.

Conte, who was under contract with Juve for a further season, surprisingly stepped down on Tuesday just one day into the Bianconeri's pre-season preparations.

Allegri, 46, has been out of a job since being dismissed by Milan in January, with the Rossoneri in the midst of a nightmare season when they trailed Juve by as many as 30 points.

Allegri joined the San Siro outfit in 2010 after two successful seasons in charge of Cagliari.

He led the Rossoneri to the scudetto and the Italian Supercup in 2010-11, his first season in charge, and was voted by his peers as 2011's Serie A coach of the Year.

Conte led Juve to a third consecutive title in the 2013-14 campaign, the first time the club have achieved the feat since a five-season title run in the 1930s.

He is widely expected to become Italy's new coach. Cesare Prandelli resigned after the Azzurri exited the World Cup at the group stage in Brazil.