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May 27, 2021
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    Antonio Conte (centre)Antonio Conte (centre) has won domestic league titles with Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan

    Antonio Conte has left his role as Inter Milan manager – three weeks after leading the club to a first Serie A title in 11 years.

    The 51-year-old Italian spent two years in charge of Inter and had one year remaining on his contract.

    In a statement, Inter thanked Conte for his "extraordinary work" at the club.

    Conte has recently been linked with Real Madrid, amid speculation Zinedine Zidane will leave this summer, and the vacancy at Tottenham.

    Inter added that the decision to terminate the former Chelsea manager's contract was mutual.

    Despite helping Inter end Juventus' dominance of the Italian top flight, there has been speculation over Conte's future at the club for months.

    Inter's owner, the Chinese retail group Suning, is reportedly suffering financial pressure which is expected to lead to cost-cutting at the club and player sales this summer.

    In February, Jiangsu FC, also owned by Suning, folded just three months after winning their first Chinese Super League title.

    Former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and current Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi have both been named by the Italian press as potential successors to Conte .

    How Conte turned Inter into champions again

    Inter had finished 21 points behind Juventus in the season prior to Conte taking charge.

    But several high-profile signings including Romelu Lukaku, Christian Eriksen and Ashley Young had a transformative effect in his first season at the helm.

    Inter reached the Europa League final and ended up just a point behind Juve in 2019-20, serving a warning of what was to follow this term.

    A superb domestic campaign saw Inter claim their 19th Scudetto with four games remaining, while their points tally of 91 is the second highest in the club's history after the 97 they amassed in 2006-07.

    It also means that Conte, who won three Serie A titles with Juve, is the only manager to have gained 90 points or more with two different sides since three points for a win was introduced in the Italian top flight in 1994.

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    • C

      Comment posted by CastorTroy, at 19:20 26 May

      Real Madrid or Tottenham eh? Real Madrid then 😂😂17018

      • L

        Reply posted by London girl, at 20:02 26 May

        "Real Madrid or Tottenham eh? Real Madrid then 😂😂"London girl replied: Real Madrid817

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    • G

      Comment posted by Gunner-Maggot, at 19:17 26 May

      This has west brom written all over it1338

      • R

        Reply posted by ref, at 20:12 26 May

        "This has west brom written all over it"ref replied: 🤣71

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    • W

      Comment posted by WJB, at 19:25 26 May

      The French title and now the Italian title winners manager both leaving without taking the teams into the Champions league ? Strange ??744

      • K

        Reply posted by kevirl, at 20:09 26 May

        "The French title and now the Italian title winners manager both leaving without taking the teams into the Champions league ? Strange ??"kevirl replied: Conte not so much, managers in Italy rarely stay long anywhere.133

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    • R

      Comment posted by Richard, at 21:33 26 May

      As the BBC continues to choose to ignore their achievement, I’d just like to say, once again, many congratulations to Sutton United for getting into the league for the first time.714

      • B

        Reply posted by bushwacker, at 22:15 26 May

        "As the BBC continues to choose to ignore their achievement, I’d just like to say, once again, many congratulations to Sutton United for getting into the league for the first time."bushwacker replied: Is Sutton in Surrey?45

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      Comment posted by Mark C, at 19:23 26 May

      The same fate is applying to Lille in France. Owners overstretching themselves using huge debt to finance the teams. It will never happen but team ownership needs to be brought under tighter control to stop the boom and bust cycles being seen more frequently.615

      • B

        Reply posted by Brass Eye, at 19:25 26 May

        "The same fate is applying to Lille in France. Owners overstretching themselves using huge debt to finance the teams. It will never happen but team ownership needs to be brought under tighter control to stop the boom and bust cycles being seen more frequently."Brass Eye replied: Old business maxim, you have to speculate to accumulate.1216

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    • C

      Comment posted by clarkeia, at 19:19 26 May

      Leaving so he can win the premier league with Tottenham 😂😂😂7018

      • B

        Reply posted by Brian, at 19:35 26 May

        "Leaving so he can win the premier league with Tottenham 😂😂😂"Brian replied: Or more than likely, nothing, like all the other managers.2425

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      Comment posted by Redallover, at 19:22 26 May

      Chelsea must be due a change of manager!!5711

      • M

        Reply posted by MrRonin, at 19:24 26 May

        "Chelsea must be due a change of manager!!"MrRonin replied: Yeah, Tuchel has been with us far too long!631

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    • D

      Comment posted by djk, at 19:28 26 May

      Deffo Tranmere. He’ll be right at home on Borough Road.353

      • D

        Reply posted by djk, at 19:30 26 May

        "Deffo Tranmere. He’ll be right at home on Borough Road."djk replied: Probably Keith Hill moving the other way.260

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    • S

      Comment posted by stuart, at 19:42 26 May

      Surely off to Spain to complete being a champion in all the major leagues.322

      • D

        Reply posted by Digger, at 22:10 26 May

        "Surely off to Spain to complete being a champion in all the major leagues."Digger replied: When did he win a league in Germany? I missed that one.91

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    • K

      Comment posted by kopthat96, at 19:48 26 May

      Waiting for the Utd job in the morning probably.281

      • B

        Reply posted by bp24, at 20:03 26 May

        "Waiting for the Utd job in the morning probably."bp24 replied: Dream on.512

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    • P

      Comment posted by pawcypig, at 20:36 26 May

      Heard that a Signor Allardici has been lined up as replacement, sounds a winner.241

      • F

        Reply posted by Footy_fan, today at 03:20

        "Heard that a Signor Allardici has been lined up as replacement, sounds a winner."Footy_fan replied: Well, about time too. Allardyce has been in the waiting for almost 12 years now. Remember how he said he is ready to manage Inter and Real back in 2010?

        Took them a while but you can’t keep talent like his under the wraps for long.00

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      Comment posted by STILL ON OUR PERCH, at 19:36 26 May

      No surprise considering the reason he left was the clubs plan to raise €80m in player sales to help the clubs finances…231

      • K

        Reply posted by Kac83, today at 01:05

        "No surprise considering the reason he left was the clubs plan to raise €80m in player sales to help the clubs finances…"Kac83 replied: It wasn’t for club finances.

        The inter owners are in huge debt with the other companies they own, including a Chinese super league team, that won the league and then promptly folded just two months later. To say they are crooked doesn’t cover it.

        They wanted to sell all the best players to pay their debts for their other companies40

    • H

      Comment posted by honestyproject, at 19:24 26 May

      So I’m guessing Man United are about to win a cup and then sack their manager? Oh yes they would!244

      • B

        Reply posted by brian, at 20:57 26 May

        "So I’m guessing Man United are about to win a cup and then sack their manager? Oh yes they would!"brian replied: not sure about the winning bit390

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    • A

      Comment posted by amarkov80, at 20:05 26 May

      Why are these clubs being bought by owners who are often laid in debt. Scandalous.180

      • T

        Reply posted by The Spin Doctor, today at 04:37

        "Why are these clubs being bought by owners who are often laid in debt. Scandalous."The Spin Doctor replied: The owners then take money out of the club and put the club into debt. Known as the ‘Glazers Guide To Owning A Football Team’.20

    • D

      Comment posted by Dave s, at 19:48 26 May

      Think the manager/head coach merry-go-round is likely to last a fair while given owners won’t be spreading the cash due to covid. A lot of the big clubs are in financial trouble. Clubs would then have to look at academies in order to save on big wages.181

    • R

      Comment posted by ref, at 20:19 26 May

      Please dont go to the gonners, let them keep charlie chaplin until he almost relegates them193

      • L

        Reply posted by LondonsFinestClub, at 23:59 26 May

        "Please dont go to the gonners, let them keep charlie chaplin until he almost relegates them"LondonsFinestClub replied: He’s been to England and won, been to Italy and won. Reckon it’s Spain next.10

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      Comment posted by Eurows, at 19:24 26 May

      Why Real? They are in more financial do-do than any team. Much more than Inter.215

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        Reply posted by MrRonin, at 19:27 26 May

        "Why Real? They are in more financial do-do than any team. Much more than Inter."MrRonin replied: That is true but it’s Real Madrid isn’t it.127

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      Comment posted by The Duke of Prunes, at 19:23 26 May

      He’ll go to Tottenham, they like having ex Chelsea managers in charge238

      • J

        Reply posted by J R Hartley, at 19:40 26 May

        "He’ll go to Tottenham, they like having ex Chelsea managers in charge"J R Hartley replied: He’s not that desperate2120

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      Comment posted by Peter Y, at 19:20 26 May

      Lukaku’s agent’s phone will be ringing non-stop.183

      • I

        Reply posted by ianH, at 19:37 26 May

        "Lukaku’s agent’s phone will be ringing non-stop."ianH replied: Liverpool would be a good fit. Salah to Barca for £100 million use the money to buy Erikson & Lukaku?639

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      Comment posted by Brass Eye, at 19:24 26 May

      Doesn’t stay anywhere for long does he ?

      WBA’s next manager.209

      • B

        Reply posted by brian, at 20:58 26 May

        "Doesn’t stay anywhere for long does he ?WBA’s next manager."brian replied: but he does win things so thats a no92

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