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Conte succeeds Gregucci as coach of Atalanta

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  • Italian Serie A strugglers Atalanta have sacked head coach Angelo Gregucci
  • Gregucci replaced by former Juventus captain and Bari coach Antonio Conte
  • Atalanta have lost their first four Serie A matches and lie bottom of the table
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(CNN) -- Italian Serie A strugglers Atalanta have sacked head coach Angelo Gregucci and replaced him with former Juventus captain Antonio Conte.

Angelo Gregucci has paid the price for Atalanta's poor start to the Italian Serie A season.

Angelo Gregucci has paid the price for Atalanta's poor start to the Italian Serie A season.

Gregucci succeeded Luigi del Neri in the Atalanta hotseat in June but failed to have the desired impact in Bergamo.

The club have lost their first four Serie A matches, including a 4-1 defeat at newly-promoted Bari on Sunday, and lie bottom of the standings.

"Atalanta announces that it has entrusted the role of first-team coach to Mr Antonio Conte," read a club statement on their official Web site.

"The club thanks Mr Angelo Gregucci and his staff for their work to date and wishes them success in the future."

Former Bari coach Conte's first game at the helm will be Wednesday's home fixture with Catania.

Conte won the Champions League and five Serie A titles as a player with Juventus from 1991 to 2004.

He played 20 times for Italy, scoring twice, and was part of the squads that lost in the finals of 1994 World Cup and Euro 2000.

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