As it turns out, Juventus President Andrea Agnelli wasn't using Monday's press conference to announce just one contract extension. There was plenty more business to take care of.
After praising Andrea Pirlo for the four-year run at the club that has just come to an end, Agnelli announced that Juventus manager Max Allegri has agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season. Allegri had originally signed a three-year deal when he took over for Antonio Conte in mid-July last summer, and now sees an extra year — as well as an expected nice bump up in salary — tacked onto his contract with the four-time Italian champions.
It was certainly a first season in Turin that warranted a raise for Allegri, who arrived in Turin amidst plenty of uncertainty that put him under the microscope. The hiring wasn't a glamorous one nor did it instill a ton of confidence considering what had just happened the season before at his former place of employment. However, Allegri quickly showed that his last job was indeed his last job, and his current was a completely different situation.
Allegri not only kept Juventus' run of dominance in Serie A going, but also led the club to its first Champions League final in 12 years as well as its first Coppa Italia title since the 1994-95 season. The domestic double could have been a treble if not for the sheer power of this past season's Barcelona squad, but it's not like Juventus did anything to damage itself on the biggest of European stages.
And a lot of that had to do with the work Allegri did to make Juventus more than just a dominant domestic side. He was able to have Juve go between formations from game-to-game, and sometimes make the shift within the game itself. And the squad, which was laden with leaders and experience, showed tactical flexibility to make such an in-game shift look pretty routine from the first time onward.
Basically, well earned, Mister, and keep up the good work.