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Juventus confirm Max Allegri departure

By Chris Smith

Published: 12:16, 17 May 2019

Juventus have confirmed manager Massimiliano Allegri will stand down at the end of the 2018/19 season.

Since taking over the Old Lady in 2014, the 51-year-old has led Juve to five straight Serie A titles, as well as winning four consecutive Coppa Italia crowns between 2015 and 2018.

Allegri to leave Juventus: Five things to know…

  1. Allegri left AC Milan to manage Juventus in 2014.
  2. The Italian has won Serie A in each of his five seasons in Turin.
  3. He also helped the Old Lady win four consecutive Coppa Italia titles.
  4. But he has been unable to win a much-coveted Champions League crown, losing the 2015 and 2017 finals.
  5. Allegri’s final game in charge of Juve will be at home to Atalanta on Sunday.

However, Juventus lost two Champions League finals under Allegri, in 2015 and 2017 to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, before crashing out of the competition at the quarter-final stage this season with a shock 3-2 aggregate defeat to Ajax.

This placed huge scrutiny on Allegri, with Juventus desperate to end their 23-year wait to lift Europe’s biggest club prize, and the club have now confirmed they will be seeking a new manager in the summer.

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“Massimiliano Allegri will not sit on the Juventus bench in the 2019/2020 season,” a statement on the official Juventus website read, before confirming Allegri and club president, Andrea Agnelli, will hold a press conference on Saturday.

“The coach and the President, Andrea Agnelli, will meet the media together at the press conference, which will be held tomorrow, Saturday 18 May, at 2pm in the conference hall of the Allianz Stadium.”

Allegri had one more year left to run on his contract at Juventus but will no longer see that out. He will depart the club following their final Serie A game of the season against Atalanta on Sunday with Juve already crowned champions of Italy once again.

Marchisio makes surprising pick for Allegri replacement

The likes of Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho and Didier Deschamps have all been linked with the Juventus job over recent months – hardly a shock considering their career achievements and, in the case of Conte and Mourinho, availability.

However, Claudio Marchisio, who spent 13 years in the Juventus midfield before departing for Zenit St Petersburg last summer, has admitted Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp would be a dream appointment for the Old Lady.

Although Klopp hasn’t managed to win a trophy so far on Merseyside, the German has taken Liverpool to successive Champions League finals and fell agonisingly short of winning the Premier League title this season, finishing on 97 points, just one behind Manchester City.

Marchisio was keen to stress how unlikely it would be for Klopp to make the move to Turin, but that didn’t stop him fantasising about the prospect.

Marchisio told Tuttosport recently: “One that I believe cannot be had: Jurgen Klopp.

“I like his game and I like his way of playing football until the death. He would do very well in Italian football.”