I am about to type out a sentence that, based on the BWRAO comment sections the last couple of months, is probably going to make some people rather grumpy.
Max Allegri is probably coming back as Juventus’ manager next season.
Don’t yell at me. I am just the messenger in this situation. I am just the guy who is passing on word from what La Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting on Tuesday. I am just the guy who is not really all that surprised what La Gazzetta is reporting despite all of those signals that suggest maybe some kind of change at the managerial position could benefit a team that is looking like it has just run out of ideas over the course of the 2018-19 season.
And while there is reported interest of Paris Saint-Germain looming in the grass with a contract worth €15 million a season as a potential destination for Allegri, La Gazzetta isn’t just saying that Allegri is going to stay around following his much-ballyhooed meeting with club president Andrea Agnelli. No, on top of getting the green light to reportedly lay out his list transfer targets, Allegri will see another contract extension come his way, according to La Gazzetta.
So, with that, I let you chosen few sharpen your respective pitchforks and prepare to barrage Agnelli’s office door in the coming weeks.
Or just get mad over the internet.
The talk of Allegri staying has been just about as consistent regarding a potential departure over the past few weeks. Juventus management — be it Agnelli, vice president Pavel Nedved or director of football Fabio Paratici — have remained firm in their stance on Allegri’s future at the club, with the trio all but confirming through the Italian press that Allegri will be back in what would be the final year of his current contract if he does not sign an extension over the summer of 2019.
Allegri is smart enough to not go into the 2019-20 season without a contract extension. At least, I would hope he is. At this point, it seems like it’s either going to be Allegri getting another season or two added onto his current deal so there’s not a lameduck kind of situation, with the cloud of potentially being fired if Juve are to struggle the way they have form-wise for a good chunk of the current season despite winning their eighth consecutive Serie A title.
Yet, rumors of Allegri leaving this summer are still there. They ain’t leaving, either.
And rumors about the Allegri-Agnelli meeting will persist until it actually happens. Then we’ll hear about what may or may not have happened during that meeting. Fun, right?