Now that Max Allegri’s future at Juventus has been decided, we are basically in full-on speculation about his successor mode. It is, rather unusual from the outside, seeing as Juve just lifted an eighth straight Scudetto on Sunday night, but the managerial rumors have completely overtaken anything that comes along with how next season’s roster is going to be constructed.
As of Monday morning’s round of news, here’s who some of the Italian media outlets were saying is the current favorite — and or Juventus’ top preference — to replace Allegri:
- Gianluca Di Marzio — Maurizio Sarri
- Gazzetta dello Sport — Simone Inzaghi
- Corriere dello Sport — Pep Guardiola
- La Republica — Antonio Conte
- SportItalia — Maurizio Sarri
GdS: "Panchina Juve: Inzaghi favorito, ma occhio a Lotito. CR7 propone Mou". CdS:"Il preferito Guardiola, finora è risultato imprendibile".Rep:"Conte, per Nedved e Paratici la soluzione migliore"#rvs https://t.co/zr8X11jsMr pic.twitter.com/Nax9SDmRDD— VecchiaSignora.com (@forumJuventus) May 20, 2019
Sooooooooooo ... take your pick, I guess.
Each of the reported candidates has their own unique situation as to what it would take to get them to the managerial position at Juventus. Of the above quartet, the toughest to bring in is clearly going to be Guardiola, who has already said last week that he is not going to be managing at Juventus last season.
While Di Marzio says that Sarri is the leader in the clubhouse FOR NOW, Inzaghi is a clear No. 2 choice since “he’s held in high regard by both (Fabio) Paratici and (Pavel) Nedved.” But, when it comes to the both of them, they’re obviously both under contract at their current clubs — although we might not be saying that about Sarri for long because there’s always going to be the revolving door at Chelsea. The Inzaghi situation at Lazio, one where the club president goes by the name of Claudio Lotito and has been known to make things extremely difficult in negotiations.
Basically, another day and another round of rumors.
At the very least, it’s not like there’s 25 different names being thrown out there right now. The reported group of possible candidates to replace Allegri is small, and that’s at least pretty easy to keep track of right now.