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.