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Saturday May 18 2019
Juventus had to axe Max

Max Allegri will go down as one of the greatest Coaches in Juventus history, yet Vilizar Yakimov thinks that letting go was the only decision the club could’ve made.

Massimiliano Allegri leaves with 11 trophies, two Champions League finals in only five years with a 71% win ratio in all competitions. Juventus’ decision to part ways with Allegri doesn’t only mean that the Bianconeri will have a new Coach starting from next season, but it also marks the end of an era in Turin.

Despite the 51-year-old failing to find any cohesion, motivation and unity within his extremely talented squad during the last 18 months, Allegri’s legacy should not be underestimated. His inability to meet the ever-increasing expectations of winning the Champions League in each of his last two seasons should also not erase the phenomenal job that the tactician did during his first three seasons in Turin.

And while a lot can and probably will be said about Mad Max’s legacy after he leaves Juventus, what’s more important for the club now is to figure out what would be the best way forward?

In order to get to the bottom of that we first need to answer another question - were the Bianconeri right to let go of Allegri? In my mind the answer is a definite ‘Yes’. I’ve never hidden my admiration towards Allegri and how his tactical flexibility made the Old Lady one of the most unpredictable and unwanted opponents among all European teams.

However, as brilliant as his decision to use Mario Mandzukic as an unorthodox winger was, the never-ending tactical experiments and tweaks eventually stripped off the team of their identity. So one of the first things that Andrea Agnelli and co. need to look for in the new Coach’s profile should be the ability to establish an identity on the pitch.

Another big issue that has been affecting La Vecchia Signora’s locker room recently has been the lack of motivation and the obvious fact that some players are just not responding to the Coach.

Medhi Benatia recently stated that he didn’t want to play for Allegri even a few months before his departure in January due to the heavy rotations and the lack of consistent playing time. Paulo Dybala’s brother, who also happens to be his agent, stated just a few days ago that La Joya “is not happy and he needs a change. He is not the only one and many players are thinking about leaving Juventus.”

In all honesty, that statement shouldn’t really be surprising for anyone who has watched enough Juventus games this season. On many occasions, the behavior and the body language of some players make you think - do they really want to play for this Juventus right now?

This is simply unacceptable for a club of the Bianconeri’s stature, history and ambition, and while the players should take a portion of the blame as well, there’s little doubt that the Coach is the one who should keep the players motivated.

Take a look at Ajax, Tottenham and Liverpool this season. Despite all three of these teams possessing arguably an inferior individual quality than Juventus, their performances led them far in Europe. That’s because when you look at the likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Heung-min Son and Mohamed Salah, you don’t question their dedication and motivation to play for that team.

Sadly only a few people have displayed such dedication to the Bianconeri colours this term, so motivation is another missing piece from the current Juventus puzzle.

There is little doubt that the club will look at all aspects when choosing Allegri’s heir. It has been reported that Pep Guardiola is the dream for Andrea Agnelli, but at this stage it seems almost impossible to lure the Spaniard away from Manchester City. It should also be pointed out that the ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich Coach usually needs a few seasons to implement his ideas and with many of the Juventus’ key players being well above their 30s, including Cristiano Ronaldo, it wouldn’t really make sense for the club to start a long-term project with Guardiola now. 

Mauricio Pochettino looks a more likely option, as the Argentinian's potential arrival wouldn’t require such a drastic change as the Guardiola option, but again it would be very costly to lure him away from Tottenham.

The names of Sinisa Mihajlovic and Simone Inzaghi have also appeared in inevitable rumours surrounding the choice of the Juventus management, and while both of them can bring something different to Turin, neither has the winning profile that the club should be looking for at this stage.

Talking about a winning profile, Jose Mourinho has also been linked with the Juventus bench, and while his record is undisputed andhe has a strong relationship with Ronaldo, his history at Inter and Manchester United would make him an extremely unpopular choice among the tifosi.

The list of names goes on and on, but the truth is very few of the names match all of the needs of Juventus right now. The ideal candidate would be someone who is a good motivator, who has an established game style, but is smart enough to adapt when needed, as well as a proven winner and someone who can revive the sense of belonging towards the Juventus shirt in the players. At the same time, he also needs to be a proven winner and someone who brings respect and even some fear in the locker room.

Antonio Conte and Didier Deschamps seem to fit most of those criteria and while many point out Conte’s unconvincing record in the Champions League and Deschamps’ lack of experience at a top European club, the truth is that their strong bond with the club, the city and the tifosi put them amongst the top candidates for the job at this point.

The decision on who will be Allegri’s successor will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the future of the club. However, regardless of who will end up on the Juventus bench next season, parting ways with Mad Max was really the only possible decision. It’s not because he’s a bad Coach, but a breath of fresh air is obviously needed.

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Have your say...
My 1st choice would be Poch bcoz he has proven he can work with what's on hand; just like Allegri proved before this season.
Otherwise go for EDF but No to Pep, no to Conte.

Out= Khedira, Cuadrado, Caceres
Sell= Pjanic, Dybala, Higuain, Bonucci (all good players but their style of play is too limited)
Sub roles= Mandzukic, Matuidi
In=CB (Marquinhos),1 versatile midfielder

I agree Allegri is a very good coach but he just needed to go.
on the 23rd May, 2019 at 10:11am
Sanrella
Well said. 1000% agree. The focus for Juve has shifted from winning everything to getting Ronaldo to break new records. Get rid.
on the 21st May, 2019 at 9:26am
Can"t blame Alegri for a very average midfield, this being said I think its time for a change in his position, Juve met a hungrier much faster squad in Ajax this year and were out played badly, Juve need to get more scoring from other players up front and having Ronaldo around will not help that as he wants the ball played to him 90% of the time, a new game plan is needed yes we need a lion for a coach to fire up some of these players again, Alegri had 5 good years at Juve, Grazie!
on the 21st May, 2019 at 4:17am
Get rid of Ron.All roads point to him.Too much reliance.
on the 20th May, 2019 at 3:28pm
Has to be Poch for me, or Klopp if he decides he's had enough at liverpool. Both modern, progressive managers. Whoever is manager changes are needed to the squad.

Out: Mandzukic, Khedira, Cuadrado, Higuain, Sandro (Shame but he's turned awful) and possibly D. COsta and Dybala if they can't find their place.

In: Ramsey & Rabiot (Both free), Joa Felix if Dybala leaves, Mendy & Ndombele from Lyon, Manolas & Son to add some speed and directness to replace Costa and Cuadrado.
on the 20th May, 2019 at 12:44pm
Benitez?

He's wasted at Newcastle...he can play positive albeit positive in a counterattacking way, but also possession- great European record too.
on the 20th May, 2019 at 12:13pm
@Anon11
I agree about Klopp but he's unrealistic atm.
The recent reports are saying Inzaghi, Sarri, or Miha. None have any experience in UCL or have won a league title.
Juve have CR7 for about 2-3 more years and can't afford to take major risks or rebuild if they want to win the UCL, which CR7 certainly expects.
Max did a great job but I do see why he is going. The team played with no identity and he has problems with key players.
But Juve need to win NOW, they need the right replacement.
on the 19th May, 2019 at 3:19pm
@PrimoCalcio,
Was Allegri a proven winner when Juve chose him? Sure, its a gamble but if Juve have to gamble they have to make educated decisions. What is a proven winner in the UCL? Look at Moe and Ancelotti now. How would u classify them now? Pep? Pep won at Barca because he had the best players in the world at the time. Now with MC he has endless cash. How would he stack up with just an average team? For me, Klopp right now would be the ultimate pick.
on the 19th May, 2019 at 3:29am
Parting ways with Allegri is a risk. I agree it's probably time for both to move on, but without the right replacement Juve risk losing their hold on the Scudetto. With the right manager and a couple signings, they can be the best team in Europe, but is the time right? Probably won't get Poch. Pep definite no. Conte return is questionable.
The links with Inzaghi should be alarming to fans, even if he is a good coach. Juve are trying to win UCL, they need a proven winner.
on the 19th May, 2019 at 12:58am
@ JUVE FAN
How many CLs campaigns did Conte have?
How many times should the Clown have won the CLs but failed because he literally made the team lose?

Do the math. Unless you love Clowns.
on the 19th May, 2019 at 12:53am
Great news that Juve have parted company with the great Allegri in one respect.Now they will hopefully get Poch who for sure will be an average replacement and therefore maybe someone else for a change will win Serie A especially if Conte goes to Inter and Milan change coaches.I just hope Conte doesn't go to Juve.

On the other hand there is nothing in Serie A for Allegri so sadly it will lose a great coach.
on the 18th May, 2019 at 9:52pm
And on top of that, I think he really had a strong connection with the club. I dont recall managers shedding tears for a club they get let go off. I dont know who will succeed him, but if the next person doesnt win the CL in the first season then this would be the worst move Angelli has ever made. It would be a big failure simply not acceptable. And I hope they dont dare to bring Conte back because he left us in the most fragile position. Salute to You Allegri, you will be missed
on the 18th May, 2019 at 9:40pm
I feel like this is a very sad day. Allegri took us to CL finals the first season when the previous season Conte couldnt even manage to win games in Europe and it was a very similar squad. He is a great manager who just needed better players in midfield and a center back and not Bonucci. I think this winning in recent years got lot of fans spoiled and not appreciate how great Allegri was. He reads the game so well and always had the answers. Who every replaces him better Win the CL
on the 18th May, 2019 at 9:33pm
@Giancarlo C's Mom please, keep your pretentious BS to yourself, you bring nothing to the table but incessant whining and some misplaced supercilious horn-tooting.

@Vecchia Signora: bad ideas.. if Higuain comes back, Kean will leave permanently, so no Higuain. Forget Pogba, and LOL - selling Berna, one of the most improved players of our squad - really?

@Jono: Poch was lucky but he really can get better, any EPL enthusiast will tell you he's been a solid coach for a long time - best choice
on the 18th May, 2019 at 7:57pm
So, this is it...
on the 18th May, 2019 at 7:36pm
I'm totally convinced Agnelli was forced to part with Allegri by those idiots.They even invented fake stories in the last 2 days to frame Allegri as a bad coach/person for satisfying those brainless fans who have been successfully manipulated.

In the end,Allegri will always be one of the greatest coaches in Juve history but split up now is inevitable.Like i said before, Agnelli is a smart lad. He knows that business is bad if there are some unhappy (brainless) customers (begging for a change).
on the 18th May, 2019 at 6:55pm
LOL This is what happens when some idiots who have zero experience in coaching football club decide to think they know better than the professional ones. I'm talking about some low ppl out there who have no courtesy and claiming shamelessly to be a football journalist. And unsurprisingly their subjective works are easily accepted by brainless fans who have fallen into consumerist society.
on the 18th May, 2019 at 6:55pm
Upgrades in mid and defense also needed. I was kind of impressed with Inzaghi last game against Atalanta. He has 2 very important qualities. A good motivator and also smart tactically, his subs at the end won the game. Conte? No. He's not going to promote youth which would be counter to more attacking style. Sarri, No. Not tactically flexible. Probably totally opposite to Allegri. Gattuso? Great motivator but still in learning phase. Too risky for top team like Juve
on the 18th May, 2019 at 6:36pm
What we NEED:
Deschamps: knows the club and can manage superstars.

Higuain: A solid no. 9 so CR7 kan play to the left and cut-in the box (instead of wasting money on Icardi).
N’Dombele: or a new strong defensive “Kante-like” midfielder
Manolas: a perfect fit and affordable at 36m
Mendy: to replace Alex Sandro

Release: Mandzukic, Cuadrado, Alex Sandro, Khedira, Matuidi,
Keep: Kean, Dybala, D. Costa, Emre Can, Cancelo

If possible sacrifice:
Pjanic for Pogba
Bernardeschi for Chiesa
on the 18th May, 2019 at 5:21pm
Great article with exactly the same opinion as mine. I would love to see Deschamps, Pocchettino or Ten Taag. Conte would also be on my list, but I'm afraid he won't be successful in CL
on the 18th May, 2019 at 5:03pm
I hope Allegri proves to all the people that have doubted his tactics wrong by going to another club(PSG,MAN UTD,OR BAYERN and winning the CL.
Whoever manages Juve next will need a decent midfield and backs,which Allegi has not had, so stop this negative bs that everyone has directed towards him.
Give him respect for all he has done.

Forza Juve.
on the 18th May, 2019 at 4:51pm
Ok, so Allegri is gone. Who could fare better with Juve's limited resources?

They need a mid-sized club coach able to work within a budget that punches above their weight.

Pochettino welcome to Juventus. Tactical like Allegri and good motivator.

Far from perfect though. He was 30 seconds and one Lucas Moura away from getting humiliated by Ajax. His tottenham gave the PL title to Chelsea in Conte era and gifted 3rd spot to Sarri this season. Same budget as Juve and only 1 CL final.
on the 18th May, 2019 at 4:34pm
I have to agree with juve fan on this one. Except i will take icardi and wanda if given the chance lol. I would try sarri or edf and poch, rest are the same as allegri or no realistic chance of getting them so.gasperini or inzaghi. Those are my choices. Watching juve for the past year felt like someone was choking me to death. We needed a change.
on the 18th May, 2019 at 4:19pm
It seems odd, or crazy to part ways when coach still managed to win 8th straight scudetto with ease from very beginning. Still a pretty successful season and CR7 debut. From business POV ya don’t fix what’s not broke...but fans and haters wanna see change...or may disagree. Fact now is they really need top winning hungry coach,or they’ll be shooting themselves in foot.
Klopp #1
Zizou #2 *
Deschamps #3 *
Conte #4
Sarri #5
*(most likely not possible)
Gasp,Poch,S.Inzag can’t handle the weight, IMO.
on the 18th May, 2019 at 3:53pm
OUT - Mandzukic, Cuadrado, Sandro, Khedira, D. Costa (because he's injury prone)

IN - Romero, Manolas, Nomdbele, Chiesa, Tonali (loan him back out as Pjanic's future replacement)

Would love Zaniolo but not sure they will sign him.

Don't need Icardi - overrated, Kean needs to be given a chance.

Dybala, Kean need to be used at CF - Higuain could be a sub.

I'm saying this all in line with what Juve are willing to spend, obviously i'd take De Ligt, Pogba, Hazard, Jokic but Juve won't do that.
on the 18th May, 2019 at 2:03pm
Please not Conte, big step backwards, he can't win in Europe. Allegri eclipsed him with trophies and 2 CL finals.

Allegri is right, the squad does need an overhaul but his style of play wasn't right for Juve moving forwards - he's too cautious.

Poch / Deschamps / Sarri / Gasperini / S. Inzaghi - someone new with fresh ideas.

Juve still need 2 CB's and another top class midfielder.

2 from De Ligt Romero Manolas

1 from Nomdbele Pogba Zaniolo

Plus Chiesa

Buy Tonali and loan him back out.
on the 18th May, 2019 at 1:50pm
Allegri is a great coach but his style is too slow and not aggressive enough to win the champions league. More youth is needed more speed is needed.He brought this club as far as he could. He was better than Conte who did nothing in the champions league.Also Serie A is not competitive enough. I hope this move proves positive because so many times it goes the other way.
on the 18th May, 2019 at 1:32pm
Allegri was a mechanic of such a machine(juve) that he along knows how to operate it. Even though juve spent millions on higuain and then ronaldo they have to go big again to support new coach who ever he might be. He better be clever thats for sure!. My tip is pochetino.
on the 18th May, 2019 at 1:20pm
@JLR: Guardiola with his nearly 1.35 billion investment in recent years hasn't managed even a final of the CL, you think Allegri is better? LMAO you're a delusional clown.

Juventus need Romero, a quality RB backup for Cancelo, Golovin, Barella, Ruben Neves and to bring back Mandragora from Udinese... Sell Khedira, Pjanic, exchange Bentancur + cash, and we have a proper MF for next 5+ years.

Kean to alternate with CR7, try to keep/sell Dybala if he's unhappy and reinvest, bring back Orsolini.
on the 18th May, 2019 at 1:15pm
Should have fired Nedved. Allegri Told Agnelli exactly what the club needed - two top mids, two top defenders and a younger CF to play with CR-7. If Agnelli and Nedved think they can win CL without those changes Juve is doomed. How ironic would it be if Allegri doubles his salary, heads off to PSG and with their talent and his pragmaticism, the Parisians elimininate Juve en route to winning Champions? Jesus couldn't win CL with Pjanic, Khedira & Matuidi at midfield.
on the 18th May, 2019 at 12:14pm

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