Former Italy and Juventus manager Marcelo Lippi has hinted that the Bianconeri’s next manager could come from a Premier League club.
After winning an eighth-consecutive Serie A title, Juventus confirmed Massimiliano Allegri would be leaving the club at the end of the season with the hopes of changing their European fortunes.
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- Allegri will step down as Juventus manager at the end of the season after four years at the club.
- The Italian led Juventus to four consecutive Serie A titles as well as three Coppa Italias.
- But Juventus have faltered in the Champions League, exiting at the last-16 in the past two seasons.
- Many high-profile managers have been linked with the Juventus role, including Mauricio Pochettino and Maurizio Sarri.
- Lippi believes one of the two could be announced as new Juventus manager after their respective European finals.
Despite Juventus’ dominance of Italy, the Old Lady are still without a Champions League trophy since 1996. In the time since, Juventus have reached the final on four occasions – including twice under Allegri – but the past two seasons have seen the Italian side knocked out in the last 16.
Though the Serie A season is not over, there is some surprise that Juventus have not already named their manager for next year. But Lippi has given a potential reason behind the delay.
“Why hasn’t a well-run club like Juventus named the successor to Allegri yet? Well it’s a difficult decision to make, but perhaps they are waiting for a certain competition to end,” the former Italy boss Lippi told Tuttomercatoweb, as reported by Football Italia.
“We’ll see if their new coach comes from those involved in either of the all-English finals, then we will understand the reason for the delay of the announcement.”
Liverpool face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final while Chelsea take on Arsenal in the Europa League final.
Maurizio Sarri and Mauricio Pochettino have both been linked with the soon-to-be vacant Juventus role and Lippi hinted they will be under consideration.
He added: “This year the English clubs are the best in Europe, but these things go in cycles. I think Sarri has a great chance at winning the Europa League, then there is Pochettino whose family is from Piedmont.”
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Despite leading Chelsea to a Europa League final and a return to the Champions League, Sarri’s future at the club appears to be in doubt.
With his style of football yet to truly be embraced at Stamford Bridge, Sarri has come under criticism from the club’s fans – some of who are already calling for his head.
According to reports, Chelsea are looking into the possibility of replacing Sarri with former midfielder Frank Lampard, who has led Derby to the Championship play-off final in his first season as a manager.
But should Sarri be sacked, the Italian has made it clear his desire would be to stay in England, telling reporters: “At the moment, I can say that I won’t go back to Italy. I don’t think I can return to Italy. [The Premier League] is like being on a different planet. Here you can find the cream of the crop, in every sense.
“I mean the organisation, the facilities, the atmosphere in stadiums, the involvement… people don’t snub competitions here. Every cup holds great value for them.”
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Meanwhile, Pochettino has thrown his Spurs future into doubt recently, admitting his time in north London could end after the Champions League final.
He said: “Winning the Champions League? It should be fantastic, no? (I could) Close the five year chapter and go home. It’s not a joke.
“Why? To win the Champions League with Tottenham, in this circumstance, in this season, maybe I need to think a little bit to do something different in the future, for sure.”