In some rather surprising news emerging from Italy, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is set to leave the club at the end of the season.
Juventus released a statement earlier today which confirmed that Allegri will not be at the club next season.
This is rather surprising considering the manager himself had stated that he had no plans to leave in the summer.
Hugely successful stint at Juventus coming to an end for Allegri
Allegri has enjoyed a great stint domestically with Juventus. He has managed his side to the Serie A title four consecutive seasons.
He has also won numerous other trophies, including four Coppa Italia whilst also leading Juve to two Champions League finals.
The Italian also played an integral role in bringing Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus this past summer. Ronaldo’s arrival also meant the Old Lady were in an ideal position to win the Champions League – the one trophy Juve fans have been craving for years.
However, a shock defeat to Ajax ended that dream. After the match, Allegri’s tactics were called into question and many even wanted the manager out. The Italian though confirmed that he had no plans to leave and that he intended to see out his contract.
What’s next for Juventus and the Italian?
Now, however, it appears he is keen on a new challenge. The statement released by the club earlier today reads:
“Massimiliano Allegri will not be on the Juventus bench for the 2019/2020 season. The coach and the President, Andrea Agnelli, will meet the media together at tomorrow’s press conference – Saturday 18 May, at 2pm (local time) in the press conference hall of Allianz Stadium.”
While he is set to leave at the end of the season, he will remain in charge for Juve’s last two Serie A games.
It remains to be seen where his next destination is. Moreover, it will be in interesting to see who Juventus view as his ideal replacement.