Antonio Conte departs, Max Allegri arrives...

Dejected, abandoned, depressed, brokenhearted, sad, wretched, inconsolable. In the words of Pablo Neruda,"Absence is a house so vast that inside you will pass through its walls and hang pictures on the air."

The emptiness is certainly large enough to carry within it hundreds of adjectives to describe the pain of perceived abandonment, of rejection by the Old Lady's great lover. On Tuesday, Antonio Conte announced his resignation, his sadness visible, his mind in overdrive. With one simple video message, he shattered the hearts of the millions of fans who idolise the coach who rescued the Old Lady from a troubled future.

While Monday's discussions centred around which tactics and possible formations Conte would deploy in the new season, Tuesday was spent mourning his departure

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