Based on what we know — and that’s from what we’ve heard in the press and not some kind of inside information from inside club sources — Max Allegri has a meeting scheduled with Andrea Agnelli and intends to be back as Juventus’ manager next season. It doesn’t matter that the Italian press and others from around Europe have linked Allegri with a move elsewhere or just simply leaving Juve, the man who has guided the club to their last five Scudetti has held his ground firm when it comes to his immediate future.
Sunday was no different.
The words of Max:
“I’ve already said I’m staying, so I’ll say it again: I am staying at Juventus! I still have another year on my contract, then I’ll meet up with the President.”
(Source: Football Italia)
Allegri declaring he’s staying — check.
Allegri declaring he’s got a meeting with Agnelli — check.
We’ve hit double bingo. What’s our prize?
This was part of a wide-ranging interview on ‘Che Tempo Che Fa,’ a radio show hosted by comedian Fabio Fazio. (No, not the Roma defender.) Allegri also touched on the post-game rage he had with a Sky Italia pundit, which is something that has carried on into a second day of said TV commentator calling Juve’s manager “rude and arrogant.”
“I am calm today, I got a bit cross yesterday. You know, every time you hear this lecture on what you did wrong and ought not to be doing, it can wind you up and I am only human. I don’t go around telling you how to do your job!
“I accept constructive criticism, because it is part of the game, but after two or three times the same… I can give you my opinion, which may well be that you don’t understand what you’re talking about, but it’s still an opinion.”
Of course, what we are more interested in is what Allegri says about his future — especially since, regardless of what he says, seems to be a little uncertain at this point from the outside looking in. For all we know, Allegri is going to be back and the meeting with Agnelli is more about summer plans for the squad rather than summer plans for replacing the manager.
Or, that meeting is one where they realize that Allegri will be entering the 2019-20 season as a manager with a year left on his contract and it’s most likely the best for both parties to move on after five incredibly successful seasons together.
There are plenty of folks out there who believe that Juventus needs a bit of a refresh, and getting some new ideas on the sidelines is what will help bring out the most in this talented squad that just won its eighth straight Serie A title. We just don’t know, for sure, if one of those people is the man who’s Juventus’ president.