On Friday evening, Juventus Football Club dropped a huge bombshell, announcing that their head coach, Max Allegri, will not continue as Juventus boss past this season. Allegri still had a year left on his contract and this did not feel like a sacking, with the feeling being that the decision was more Allegri than Nedved or Agnelli.
Max Allegri came into Juventus on the back of a poor run at AC Milan and had to pick up where Antonio Conte had left Juve. Conte had won three successive Scudetto and winning Serie A felt like the bare minimum Allegri had to do. He not only did that, but steered Juve to the finals of the UEFA Champions League twice.
Allegri won the domestic double 4 times in his five seasons at the club, with a shock defeat to Atalanta this season being the only blip in the record. This was topped by two Champions League finals, with Allegri failing to break the hoodoo of winning the UCL, falling short at the final hurdle. With Allegri out of the club, here are five managers who can replace Allegri at Juventus:
The manager nobody wants back: Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte, who has been kicking his feet up at the beach and enjoying the season off, is ready to get back into management. He has been extensively negotiating with Inter to replace Luciano Spalletti. But with Allegri leaving, the top job in Serie A is now up for grabs. Antonio Conte left Chelsea the last time due to constant complaints of not being backed by the club.
He constantly saw big players leaving the club and struggled to push them further in Europe. The signing of Ronaldo has pretty much changed that scenario. He now has a squad that he wanted, he has done it before domestically. The question is, can he fulfill Juve’s ambition of winning the Champions League.
One thing is for sure, Antonio Conte at the bench will definitely lead to constant chaos and drama
The manager everybody want: Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola is hot sauce right now. He has led Manchester City to a historic Premier League title defense, playing attractive and impressive football. He has turned Raheem Sterling from immense potential to potentially the top five player in the world. Guardiola believes in the project on his hand at City and sees his long-term future in England.
But a club like Juventus can certainly be a big attraction for Pep. Then there is the lure of conquering Italy, having conquered Spain, Germany and now England. It is a long shot, yet the bookmakers have made Pep the favourite to replace Allegri. Do they know something we don’t know? Only time will tell.
The Special One: Jose Mourinho
This is the ideal situation for Jose Mourinho to walk into, isn’t it? The club is killing it domestically. They just have one challenge in front of them, Europe. Jose Mourinho is the kind of guy who makes dreams come true. The only problem with his appointment would be the love he has for Inter. The Nerazzurri absolutely adore Jose, with their ultras still hanging Mourinho banners for every home game.
There is precedent for Mourinho crossing rivalries though. His move to Man Utd having spent two successful spells at Chelsea proved that Mourinho’s head can be turned by clubs with history and deep pockets. Juventus is just that. And the timing of Allegri’s departure and positioned him perfectly to walk in and make the club a European powerhouse. Very few will thus be surprised to see Cristiano Ronaldo reunited with Mourinho.
The wildcard: Eusebio di Francesco
Oh what a story this would be. The man who was showered with little faith and constantly robbed of his star players now walks into a job with the full backing of the hierarchy and superstars at his disposal. Eusebio di Francesco did an admirable job at AS Roma, with the highlight of his tenure being knocking FC Barcelona out 3-0 as well as competing tooth and nail with Juventus for the Serie A title.
di Francesco knows the league pretty well, is an astute tactician and plays an attractive brand of football, something that very few other available managers can boast of. He is young, dynamic and is full of ideas. The part which is concerning is crossing the Roman borders to Turin, something that can make his life a living nightmare. It will be a big big call to show faith in Eusebio di Francesco, but it does feel like the move which makes the most sense.
The fan-favourite: Mauricio Pochettino
If not for Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino is the manager every club wants. From Manchester United to FC Bayern Munich to PSG, everyone is trying hard to prize out Pochettino from Tottenham Hotspur. Juventus looks like they have joined to European heavyweights in the race to prize him out of North London.
Pochettino is the kind of manager who improves every player in the team, working with players one-on-one. His teams play an attractive brand of football and he boasts an impressive CV at Spurs, reaching the Champions League finals without signing a single player for two transfer windows and finishing in the top 4 for four consecutive years. Pochettino is the man every Juventini would be dreaming of, but it looks tough to turn his head away from the Tottenham project, with the club moving into a new-World class stadium.
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