While Juventus management have been quite steadfast in their support of first-year manager Maurizio Sarri during the last few weeks of struggles, the calls for the Bianconeri to possibly go another direction come the summer months haven’t exactly gotten quieter.
Even with Juve saying all the right things and backing their under-fire manager as a crucial stretch of the 2019-20 season arrives, a small corner of the Italian media is already thinking that Sarri could be on the move again this summer.
Emphasis on one word: could.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nico Schira, Sarri — as well as former Juventus manager Max Allegri — has been linked to the managerial position at Paris Saint-Germain. The thing is, though, PSG doesn’t currently have a managerial opening, as Thomas Tuchel, a man who himself is under plenty of scrutiny these days, is still the head coach at the Parc des Princes. But, as PSG looks another early-ish Champions League exit in the face following a loss to the Borussia Dortmund earlier this week,
#PSG’s bench might speak Italian as from next season. #Tuchel’s future remains uncertain with Max #Allegri (held in high esteem by #Leonardo) and Maurizio #Sarri (if he leaves #Juventus at the end of the season) being both potential candidates. #transfers— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) February 21, 2020
While there may very well be absolutely nothing to do with this, it’s another classic kind of Italian media rumor where they see a potential problem on Side A, they see another potential problem developing over on Side B, and then attempting to connect the dots — even if there’s a whole lot of other dominos that might need to fall to make that a clear path to actually happen. It might not even be something that’s being considered, but the Italian press — especially when things aren’t exactly going well for either party involved — is going to try like hell to connect the dots.
Obviously, when looking at the two Italians being connected with Paris Saint-Germain by Schira, it’s Allegri who is the easier one to target for the simple fact that he’s not employed right now. Allegri has said recently that he wants to get back into the game after taking the current season off, and there are going to potentially be a handful of high-profile jobs opening up come the summer.
But could Sarri be a legitimate candidate? Sure, I guess he could. I’m not really convinced that Juve’s going to go for its third manager in three seasons — especially since this isn’t exactly the kind of squad where Sarri can really play the kind of ball he wants to. Or maybe that could be a reason as to why he might re-think joining Juventus in the first place.
I don’t know. It’s just interesting to see Sarri linked to the same job that Allegri is knowing that one guy took over for the other and they are two very different kinds of maangers.