Juventus director Fabio Paratici has this evening provided a brief update on the club’s search for a replacement for Max Allegri.
51-year-old Italian tactician Allegri has spent the last 5 years in charge of Serie A powerhouse Juventus.
Despite his initial appointment having been met with widespread derision on the part of the Bianconeri faithful, Allegri has since gone on to enjoy a hugely-successful stint at the helm in Turin.
The former AC Milan boss’ tactical, pragmatic style saw him guide Juve to 4 consecutive domestic doubles between 2014 and 2018, with Allegri having since added a 5th-straight Serie A crown this season.
In addition, the Old Lady of Italian football reached a pair of Champions League finals under Allegri.
However, a disappointing European campaign this time around, which saw his side ousted by Ajax in the competition’s quarter-finals, coupled with an increasingly-negative style of football, saw pressure begin to mount on the Juve boss over recent months.
As such, on the back of mounting speculation that the board at the Allianz Stadium were set to look elsewhere for a manager to lead the club into next season, it was made official last week that Allegri would be relieved of his duties this summer:
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Sarri or Pochettino?
And rumours have since been absolutely rampant regarding who is set to replace Allegri on the Juventus bench.
The last 10 days have seen the likes of Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino, Maurizio Sarri, Simone Inzaghi, Didier Deschamps and Siniša Mihajlović all linked with the post.
As a result, speaking in an interview with DAZN (via Football-Italia) this evening, Bianconeri director Fabio Paratici provided an update on the club’s search for a new tactician.
And the Juve chief appeared to hint that one of the two leading candidates for the job, Sarri and Pochettino, could be set to take over the reins in Turin, with the Italian champions waiting for the conclusion of next week’s two major European finals (in which Chelsea and Tottenham are both set to feature) before making any kind of announcement:
‘We have clear ideas and are evaluating the situation. Until all the competitions have concluded, it seems only fair to remain quiet, out of respect for everyone.’
Finally, on the surprise links between his side and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, Paratici defiantly stated:
‘It’s a strange world, this. We’ve never had contact with Guardiola and never thought about him. He is under contract, so it all seems very strange. We know this is what our world is like and we have to accept that.’