Juventus announced with a tweet that Massimiliano Allegri will not coach the team next season. The manager and the top exectuives have been meeting at the Continassa training center in the last couple of days and the summit resulted in a separation, even though the president Andrea Agnelli confirmed the coach after the Champions League elimination and Allegri affirmed his desire to stay multiple times in the most recent pressers. He had a year left on his contract. The chairman and Allegri will explain the decision tomorrow in the usual pre-game presser.
Allegri joined Juventus in July 2014 after Antonio Conte’s abrupt departure in the middle of July and proceeded to win the following five titles in a row, adding four Coppe Italia and two Supercoppa. He reached the Champions League finals twice, losing to Real Madrid and Barcelona, while in the other three campaigns he was eliminated earlier in the competition by Bayern Munich and the Merengues and ultimately by Ajax in the quarter-finals.
While the full reasons will be disclosed tomorrow, the failure in Europe in the first season with Cristiano Ronaldo on board, a stale playing style and some frictions in the locker room contributed to the choice. The coach also reportedly did not see eye-to-eye with sporting director Fabio Paratici and vice president Pavel Nedved on the transfer market strategies and on the assessment of the quality of the current roster. The duo will appoint their first coach since the ousting of former CEO Giuseppe Marotta. The Bianconeri have been linked to a number of coaches, but no clear frontrunner has emerged yet.
Allegri previously managed Milan and Cagliari in Serie A after cutting his teeth in the lower leagues. Despite the president and the coach’s words, the buzz about his exit had increased in the last few days since it had become apparent that a permanence would have led to a complete overhaul of the rosters, as few players had manifested their discontent. Despite the accomplishments, most of the fan base had turned on Allegri after the Champions League elimination.
The events resemble what went down in 2006, when Didier Deschamps announced he would leave despite the promotion with two games to go, clashing with the management about the future plans. In this case though, Allegri will be on the bench against Atalanta and Sampdoria and will attend Sunday’s title celebration.
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