Monday February 1 2021
Where will Allegri end up?

Almost two years after leaving Juventus, Max Allegri is yet to announce his return and Vilizar Yakimov looks at the pros and cons of hiring the Tuscan tactician.

With 11 trophies and two Champions League finals, Massimiliano Allegri’s record during his five years at Juventus was surely an impressive one and it wasn’t surprising to see the then 51-year-old being linked with almost every top club across Europe when he left Turin in the summer of 2019.

His success with the Bianconeri had earned the Livorno-born tactician a place amongst the world’s best coaches, so everyone expected that it wouldn’t take long for Max to coach at a top level again.

However, it’s been almost two years since then and Allegri still hasn’t found a new club, despite that the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and most of the Premier League giants were all mentioned as possible destinations.

In fact it was believed that Allegri was keen on moving to England after he infamously took English lessons during his time in Turin. Yet despite that all of the aforementioned clubs changed their coaches at least once since then, Allegri is still to return, so the inevitable question is why? 

Maybe it is because he was so keen to coach Real Madrid, Barcelona or a Premier League powerhouse, but the opportunity never came. Or maybe his high salary demands are drifting potential suitors away. 

It might be a cliche, but the world of football is extremely dynamic and considering that the 53-year-old hasn’t coached in a while, it surely remains a gamble for any club outside of Italy to hire him right now.

Allegri has never coached abroad, demands a high salary and also seemed to have lost his mojo during his last year at Juventus, as despite winning the Scudetto, the Bianconeri were embarrassed by Ajax in the Champions League, while they also failed to defend both their Coppa Italia and Super Coppa titles.

Rumours in the summer suggested that Max was close to inherit a team coached by Conte for a second time, as he was reportedly ready to join Inter in case Antonio and the Nerazzurri decided to part ways.

However, Conte remained and while those reports were never confirmed, it seems that Allegri is now considering Serie A once again as he was spotted in front of a hotel talking with Roma’s sporting director Tiago Pinto

The meeting took place only a couple of days after Chelsea, another potential destination, had announced Thomas Tuchel as the heir of Frank Lamaprd, who was recently sacked. So was that the gamechanger for Allegri to finally make his mind and decide what his next club would be?

There were further reports that Allegri had already agreed a deal with Roma, but out of a sudden Spanish media are now linking the former Juventus boss with Real Madrid, who are considering the position of Zinedine Zidane, so the saga continues.

Real Madrid is no longer the fearsome team that defeated Allegri’s Juventus in 2017 and with all current issues in the Los Blancos squad, going there might not be the wisest choice for Max. Not to mention that Zidane is still there and even if he is sacked, it’s far from certain that the Spanish giants would go all in on Allegri. So is it worth waiting for Real and risk being left out in the dark again? 

Why not go to Roma instead? Surely the Giallorossi are no Real Madrid, but their new owners would surely be happy to start a new era with Allegri on their bench, as Paulo Fonseca has reportedly fallen out with Edin Dzekoand some of the other senators in the squad.

After all, starting a new project with the freedom to assemble a squad to his liking with one of Serie A’s top clubs must be tempting.

Regardless of what Allegri’s decision will be, it is certain that Max needs to make up his mind sooner rather than later, as even a supreme tactician like him cannot afford to spend such a long period without a job and the Roma opportunity won’t be there forever either.

At this stage the options for Allegri seem to be simple - he can either continue with the uncertainty of waiting for an elite club abroad or go with the less glamorous decision to coach a historic club in Serie A. It is now up to him to decide.



Have your say...
If there's one club that "only needs a top tactician" like him in order to get on the top & if Allegri needs a real club that's ambitious & already has a great squad to do great things, it's NAPOLI!
No more comments are needed!
on the 5th February, 2021 at 1:51pm
Marcel is 100% correct. It's Allegri's style of play. He may have won with Juve, but club owners are very wary of the brand of football which was used to do that winning. Remember how terribly Juve played in Allegri's last season. It was anti-football. I think that's the main reason Real Madrid will never get him. The fans would riot.
on the 5th February, 2021 at 6:17am
@Gman, Allegri was awesome when playing 4-3-1-2. Too bad, next season he switched to 4-3-3 or 4-5-1 and then he got lost. He could say no to bringing in wingers like Costa and Bernardeshi and sticking to his mezzala formation. However, i guess he wanted to prove that he can deliver trophy with any random players at his disposal.
on the 4th February, 2021 at 7:22pm
I still can't believe we got rid of a coach who won 11 trophies in just 5 season and reached 2 champions league final as well. Some Juventini became spoilt for success and didn't appriciate what we had to what we didn't have. And for those who say we didn't play attractive football, then cast your minds back to Capello's Milan side of the 90's. I for one would welcome him back at Juve. Forza Mister !!!
on the 3rd February, 2021 at 7:07pm
I never liked his style of play at Juve tbh. He had the best players in Serie A and often was just content winning by sitting deep and doing the bare minimum. It worked since many teams in the league were just poor or rebuilding. He goes to Roma or Napoli now and you can probably expect the same style and results you saw when he coached Milan which was not great.
on the 3rd February, 2021 at 2:09am
Allegri's style of play is probably one of the reasons he has not been hired.
on the 2nd February, 2021 at 1:04pm
the issue with allegri is that he tends to go with more proven players he shows too much loyalty in my opinion.

i never got why he associated as a coach which demands huge sums of money to buy players of course he will probably ask for transfer funds at his next job but that is because he is proven winner and wants to maintain that perception.

football is so unpredictable you don't what will happen there might be dozen big managerial jobs available or only a couple in the summer.
on the 2nd February, 2021 at 11:55am
Fonseca is doing a good job at Roma and should be given more time to build on what he has done so far. Don't forget they have Zaniolo to come back who admittedly is now a big ? but his form after his first ACL was very good. Allegri could do a lot worse than go to Napoli if Gattuso does indeed leave. He has also done a good job so deserves to stay but with his fiery temper threatening to boil over it could be fireworks with ADL. I think Allegri could do a lot with the squad they have
on the 2nd February, 2021 at 11:41am
I’m not sure Allegri could do any better than Fonseca. Roma are third at the moment and won’t get any higher with their squad. I would let Fonseca finish the season.
on the 2nd February, 2021 at 8:12am
Roma isn't the right club for someone like Allegri who hungers for trophies.
Yeah, every romanista will say "our new owner will bla bla bla etc" but Roma is NOT an ambitious club.
Inter or Milan are his options in Italy, Allegri would want a sweet revenge against his former employee in Turin.
on the 2nd February, 2021 at 4:56am
He'd be a real coup for Roma, though Fonseca has probably done as well as he could with a squad that's had its best players sold regularly.

If the new owners want to keep those players/spend a bit (a big ask, esp. now), then Allegri could certainly make them a force.

RM are still a big name, but seem broke like Barca now. They've both declined in recent years.

PSG and Bayern isn't really a challenge.

Inter would suit if Conte quits.

Plenty of Epl clubs would take him too
on the 1st February, 2021 at 9:50pm
Oh, I know this one!

Answer: The GARBAGE BIN.



on the 1st February, 2021 at 7:27pm
I agree. Real Madrid will decline, and Roma has good young players.
on the 1st February, 2021 at 7:12pm
Would love to see some ambition from Fiorentina.
on the 1st February, 2021 at 5:58pm
Really too much of a risk for Riomma, Allegri is a proven winner and he might upset their only record, which is over a decade without a trophy. Too big a manager for such a little team. They should sign Rizzitelli with Totti as his Assistant.
on the 1st February, 2021 at 4:37pm

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