The manager of the Series A team will not be returning after poor season and losses in Champions League and Coppa Italia.
Rabat – After an exceedingly disappointing season, despite the addition of football legend Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, Juventus has announced that Massimiliano Allegri will not be returning to his post as a manager for the 2019-2020 season.
Following Juventus’s humiliating defeats to Ajax in the Champions League quarter-finals and to Atalanta in the Coppa Italia, there has been growing discontent towards the team’s leadership, especially towards Allegri.
However, the announcement that Allegri would be leaving the team has come as a surprise, as earlier this month Allegri had laughed at rumors that he would not be returning.
“It’s amusing,” Allegri said. “Next week I will meet with the president. We will be speaking in general terms, as we do every year.”
Allegri went on to assure Juve fans that he would be continuing as coach in the upcoming season and that he had already planned how to improve the team in the future.
“With the president I have an excellent relationship of mutual respect and honesty,” he added “I’ve had my ideas for six months on how to proceed. Now I’ll share those ideas with the president and, together, we’ll see if they work.”
Allegri has been the coach of Juventus since 2014, leading the team to five consecutive Series A titles during his time as manager. During his time with Juve, Allegri led the team to the Champions League finals twice, coming second to Barcelona in 2015 and to Real Madrid in 2017.
However, Juventus did not see much success this season, with an early elimination from the Champion’s League being only one of two major humiliations. This season also saw the team’s first loss to another Serie A team, when Juve was defeated 2-0 by Genoa.
Now, losing to Ajax in the Champions League, and being stripped of their title in the Coppa Italia will be accompanied by the team’s loss of their coach and new potential for team leadership.