Juventus are officially seeking a new Coach with Mauricio Pochettino and Simone Inzaghi among the favourites, but Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola and Didier Deschamps would be difficult.
A statement from the club today confirmed Max Allegri will not be on the Juve bench for the 2019-20 season, so he terminates his contract a year early by mutual consent.
It’s reported directors Pavel Nedved and Fabio Paratici are pushing for the return of Antonio Conte after his experiences with Italy and Chelsea.
However, Conte is in advanced negotiations with Inter and President Andrea Agnelli never did entirely make up with him after their falling out in 2014.
Conte would also not provide the change of approach to a more attacking and international style of football that Agnelli is looking for.
The first choice would be Guardiola, who already speaks fluent Italian thanks to his time as a player at Brescia and continues to have great fondness for Serie A football.
He is fresh from winning the second consecutive Premier League title with Manchester City, but was frustrated by crashing out of the Champions League to Tottenham Hotspur.
Guardiola would be interested in the Juve project, but Manchester City are not easy to negotiate with and could block his path.
The same is true of Pochettino and Tottenham Hotspur, who just reached the Champions League Final against all odds with dramatic comebacks.
The Argentine has stated he wants to discuss the plans at Spurs before deciding whether to continue together and has a personal connection to Juve, as his family emigrated to South America from the Turin area.
Deschamps was already a Juve Coach in Serie B after the Calciopoli scandal of 2006, but is under contract with France and the Federation does not seem prepared to release him.
As things stand, the most likely candidate for Juventus and one who is gathering steam rapidly in the media is Simone Inzaghi.
He has achieved impressive results with Lazio, winning the Italian Super Cup and earlier this week beating Atalanta to lift the Coppa Italia.
Inzaghi expressed his frustration with the club’s refusal to back him during difficult times and left the door open for a summer exit.
He would be backed by Nedved – a former Lazio teammate – and Paratici.