In the build up to the meeting between Max Allegri and Andrea Agnelli, the biggest thing the Italian press couldn’t agree on was what was actually going to happen at said get together. Would Allegri get a contract extension? Would Agnelli tell Allegri that he wanted the club to go in a different direction? Would Allegri demand that Agnelli go out and sign Player X, Player Y and Player Z and drop a couple hundred million of euros worth of transfer fees?
We have yet to get any kind of definitive answers as to what has been discussed during the first two days of the meeting between Juve’s two biggest management names. (Although there’s plenty of “information” out there in the Italian press that is contradicting of one another.)
But, according to Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, Tuttosport and the Corriere dello Sport, the meeting between Allegri and Agnelli is that on Wednesday it happened ... on Thursday it happened ... and it will continue on Friday.
After today’s training, Allegri and Agnelli were joined by Pavel Nedved and sporting director Fabio Paratici, in order to evaluate the situation together and discuss the possibility to continue their current working relationship.
The meeting ended after a few hours, but the parties, including Paratici and Nedved, will holding another summit on Tuesday. The club won’t issue any official statement in the next few hours, but more news on the manager future will come after the next meeting scheduled for tomorrow.
(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)
There have, predictably, been contrasting reports from Italian media outlets who are far from considered reliable as to what Allegri and Agnelli (and Paratici and Nedved) have talked about Wednesday and Thursday.
The one common factor in a lot of the reporting on Thursday is that Allegri, if he were to stay at Juventus for the 2019-20 season then he will receive a contract extension until 2021 in all likelihood and get a slight bump in salary to boost. (He’s already Serie A’s highest-paid manager by a comfortable margin, folks.)
At this point, do you peg the corner that has the advantage being one where Allegri stays for at least another season? Or, do we still have absolutely no idea where any of this stands after a couple of days of meetings and at least one more set to take place?
I don’t know. But I do know Allegri and Agnelli have been spending a lot of time together the last couple of days. So, there’s that. And they haven’t ripped each others’ heads off, so I guess that’s a positive. (And maybe a sign that Max is staying around.)