By Conor Laird Last Updated: June 4, 2019 7:13 pm
Juventus director Fabio Paratici has this evening spoken out over the club’s search for a replacement for Massimiliano Allegri.
51-year-old Italian tactician Allegri spent the last 5 years in charge of Serie A powerhouse Juve.
Despite his initial appointment having been met with widespread derision on the part of the Bianconeri faithful, Allegri subsequently went on to enjoy a hugely-successful stint at the helm in Turin.
The former AC Milan boss’ tactical, pragmatic style saw him guide Juve to 4 consecutive domestic doubles between 2014 and 2018, with Allegri having since added a 5th-straight Serie A crown this past season.
In addition, the Old Lady of Italian football reached a pair of Champions League finals under Allegri.
However, a disappointing European campaign this time around, which saw his side ousted by Ajax in the competition’s quarter-finals, coupled with an increasingly-negative style of football, saw pressure begin to mount on the Juve boss over recent months.
As such, on the back of mounting speculation that the board at the Allianz Stadium were set to look elsewhere for a manager to lead the club into next season, it was made official on the 17th of May that Allegri would be relieved of his duties this summer:
‘A range of coaches’
And rumours have since been absolutely rampant regarding who is set to replace Allegri on the Juventus bench.
The last 3 weeks have seen the likes of Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino, Maurizio Sarri, Simone Inzaghi, Didier Deschamps and Siniša Mihajlović all linked with the post.
As such, whilst attending the Football Leader 2019 event earlier today, Juve director of sport Fabio Paratici was inevitably questioned by reporters on the club’s high-profile search for a new tactician.
Paratici, though, was keen to remain coy on the situation:
‘There is a range of coaches we are evaluating.’
‘We have clear ideas and are working on it. There’s no time limit on a decision. It’ll take a little while. Then you’ll know the new Coach.’
When drawn specifically on the possibility of the Bianconeri hiring Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, who admitted earlier today that he misses Italy, Paratici wryly smiled:
‘All Italians say that. We know it’s a good life here with great food.’
‘I have many friends here, so I took some time off and read as little as possible over the last few days.’
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