While it looks like a former Juventus midfielder who came back to coach the club is marking his return to Italy with a managerial position at Inter Milan, another guy who has both worn bianconero and managed in Turin is being linked with a comeback.
Although it remains to be seen if the job he’s being linked to will even be open.
As we anxiously await the all-absorbing meeting between Max Allegri and Andrea Agnelli, World Cup-winning France manager Didier Deschamps is being linked with a return to the Juventus sidelines, according to a report from Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport on Tuesday. Deschamps now joins the likes of Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and an ever-growing list of names being linked to the Juventus managerial position just in case Allegri — or Agnelli — does decide that the 2018-19 season is his last in Turin.
Because it’s Tuttosport and Tuttosport will always go a little too far with its Juventus-related gossip, they have deemed Deschamps as the new favorite to take over for Allegri ... if Allegri leaves.
Here’s the thing as to why this one seems a little odd:
- Deschamps is coming off a World Cup win with France and we’re in between major international tournaments. That means it’s pretty much expected that Deschamps will be with France until Euro 2020 at the bare minimum.
- Based on what we saw at the World Cup last summer, Deschamps has kinda evolved into the French version of Max Allegri, with his tactics more on the conservative side rather than somebody who is going to turn Juventus into an incredibly ambitious attacking force.
So, about all of that ...
Deschamps led Juventus back to Serie A after their year of purgatory in Italy’s second division but never actually in the first division following resignation after just one season in charge. Since then, he had a successful stint with Marseille before taking over as France’s manager in 2012. (Holy crap, it’s been seven years already.)
Just another name on the list, I guess. If there even is a list that Agnelli is keeping track of one.