When all of the managerial wheels started to turn on Wednesday, I sent out a tweet that went a little something like this: “Max Allegri played this perfectly, didn’t he? Take a couple of years off. Get paid to do nothing. Now have three teams in a bidding war to try and hire you.”
One would think that, knowing Juventus’ current financial state, that a bidding war involving Real Madrid would wind up playing out all that well. But little did we know that the next morning news was going to break that Allegri had made his choice as to where he was going to manage next season — and it would be at Juventus.
Now that the dust has settled (a little bit, at least), the details are starting to come out about what Allegri’s deal with Juventus is looking like. According to reports out of Italy, namely Sky Sport Italia, Allegri has agreed to and signed a four-year contract with Juventus. He will be paid handsomely over the course of those four seasons, earning a reported €9 million a year. That, for the record, is more than Allegri earned during the course of his first stint as Juve manager that saw him win five Scudetti in five seasons.
Essentially, it’s only a matter of time before we see Allegri announced as the guy who will be taking over for Andrea Pirlo after the latter’s one-year tenure as manager.
And I think it’s safe to say that after the last day that we’ve had, they will be a pair of announcements that will be both a little bittersweet but also welcomed knowing who is returning to Juventus for a second run as manager.
But the biggest thing in all of this is that Juventus, in all of their current financial difficulties in these pandemic times, are dropping a serious amount of money to bring back one of the best managers in the game. That is something that probably a lot of us didn’t think was going to be possible knowing that this summer is going to be impacted by the pandemic in multiple ways.
Yet here we are with Juventus handing over a long-term contract to Allegri that is worth more than any other manager in Serie A now that Antonio Conte has taken his ball and left Inter Milan earlier in the week. (And what a week it’s been, man. Goodness gracious.)