Juventus have announced that head coach Massimiliano Allegri will leave the club at the end of the 2018-19 season.
The Italian boss’ future has been in question since being dumped out of the Champions League at the hands of Ajax, with the Italian champions having been firmly among the favourites to lift the crown.
Indeed, two finals have been reached during Allegri’s five-year spell at the club and the arrival or Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer was seen as the final piece of the puzzle required for the Old Lady to go all the way.
Having failed to do so, the Bianconeri and the 51-year-old are set to part ways in the summer. A statement on the club’s website reads:
“Massimiliano Allegri will not sit on the Juventus bench in the 2019-2020 season.”
No statements have been made by either party as to where Allegri – who has won five Scudetti, four Coppa Italia trophies and two Supercoppa Italiana titles during his time in Turin – will end up next season.
‘The coach and the president, Andrea Agnelli, will meet the media together at tomorrow’s press conference – Saturday 18 May, at 2pm in the press conference hall of Allianz Stadium.’
ALLEGRI’S JUVENTUS TROPHY HAUL
Serie A: x5 (2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19)
Copa Italia: x4 (2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18)
Allegri was widely expected to leave despite leading the Old Lady to their eighth consecutive league title with six games to spare.
Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola are among those who could replace Allegri with Pochettino the favourite to take over at the Allianz Stadium.
Italian media reported that the club had made contact with the Tottenham boss last week, with the Argentine coach reportedly demanding an enormous £17million-per-year contract, according to last Saturday’s Corriere dello Sport.
Pochettino himself has made it clear that he is seriously considering leaving Tottenham at the end of the campaign if they don’t attempt to build on their first major European cup final appearance.