After achieving a fifth consecutive Scudetto to go along with four Coppa Italia’s, two Supercoppa’s and two Champions League final appearances, Max Allegri called time on his five-year spell as Juventus boss shortly before the domestic campaign concluded.
Initially, the Livorno native’s appointment in 2014 was met with much dismay after his acrimonious split with former club Milan but the outgoing Bianconeri manager proved to be a fine choice by the Juventus hierarchy.
Allegri will have no shortage of suitors and has already been linked to the Bayern Munich post, as well as jobs in England, notably Chelsea, where he could surprisingly trade jobs with compatriot Maurizio Sarri.
Sarri has come under mass scrutiny during his short spell with the Premier League club, this, despite clinching a third-place finish and reaching two cup finals. The fiery Italian is the odds-on favourite to succeed Allegri at 4/11 and there may be movement once the Blues’ Europa League final with Arsenal finishes.
The 60-year-old has reportedly agreed terms on a three-year deal with the champions with his well-known affinity with Napoli seemingly not an issue with the Juventus board. Pep Guardiola’s name continues to be linked; despite his insistence he is not going anywhere.
The Spaniard is considered the number one option by the Agnelli family, though they may have to wait 12-24 months for this dream to become a reality. Guardiola has made no secret of his desire to one day manage in Italy and the Bianconeri would be the obvious club to appeal.
Fellow Premier League tactician Mauricio Pochettino is 14/1 to succeed Allegri. The Argentine raised eyebrows in the buildup to the Champions League final by suggesting he could quit the London side if Spurs won Europe’s biggest prize. Pochettino would not come cheap, though, given he is only one year in to a lucrative five-year contract.
Other names bandied about include Simone Inzaghi, who secured Coppa Italia glory with Lazio and is one of the nation’s most progressive young coaches and Jose Mourinho at 15/1. The Portuguese famously won the treble with bitter rivals Inter and neither party are likely to initiate proceedings.
Carlo Ancelotti, who would almost certainly have been a front runner if he wasn’t at Napoli, is 33/1 but will remain at San Paolo and look forward to the new season with much optimism as Juventus begin a new era without the underappreciated Allegri.