There are shock reports that Antonio Conte could be ready to hand in his resignation if the Juventus Coach is banned for 10 months in the betting trial.
He decided to fight the charges of failing to alert authorities to a potential fix while he was at Siena in 2010-11, but risks up to a 15-month ban.
It is rumoured that the Disciplinary Commission is leaning towards a 10-month suspension, which would keep him out until June 9, 2013.
Although the ban would only apply to sitting on the bench or in the locker room on match day and so he could continue to train the squad on a day-to-day basis, this would be a heavy blow.
There are conflicting reports coming out of Beijing, where the Bianconeri are preparing for Saturday’s Italian Super Cup against Napoli.
According to La Repubblica, Conte is ready to follow assistant Cristian Stellini in offering his resignation.
However, Sky Sport Italia claim the tactician is sticking to his guns and has the full support of the club even if he is suspended.
Massimo Carrera took over on the bench in the weekend’s friendly against Malaga and is expected to be Conte’s eyes and voice on the touchline during the ban.
There had also been reports last night that Conte was going to fire the Juventus lawyers as part of his legal team in this case, but the club released a statement denying that.