Thursday December 5 2019
Allegri: 'Be prepared for next season'

Max Allegri confirmed he will not take any jobs this season, but he’s working on his English. “After five years at Juventus, I don’t want to go back into the game and do badly.”

The tactician has been linked with numerous jobs, including Manchester United, Arsenal and Bayern Munich, but seems determined to wait for his opportunity.

“In June. I don't know if you can call it a sabbatical or not,” Allegri told ESPN FC.

“Giovanni [Branchini] and I immediately came to that decision. As soon as the relationship with Juventus came to an end, the decision was to take a year out.

“I had 18 years as a player and I've been in coaching for 16. I stopped this year after 34. I'm happy. I have a chance to reflect, go and talk to people, do things in my private life that I'm passionate about, like going to the theatre, some art exhibitions, reading books.”

Allegri is also using the time to continue studying the English language.

“I am taking lessons here in Milan. I manage to speak quite well. I find the listening part a bit more difficult. If I'm talking to someone who helps me out by speaking a little slower, then I understand.

“I watch films [in English] and if I read something in English I understand it fine.”

Some may well have considered his ousting by Juventus to have been strange, considering he won five Serie A titles in a row and reached the Champions League Final twice.

“Next year will be an important year. Important for the choice I end up making and the need to be prepared for it,” continued Allegri.

“After a year out and five years at Juventus, I don't want to go back into the game and do badly. That would do my head in.”

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