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Thursday 21 November 2019

Allegri leaving the Old Lady

Massimiliano Allegri has announced his departure from Juventus
Massimiliano Allegri has announced his departure from Juventus

Massimiliano Allegri will leave as Juventus head coach at the end of the season.

Allegri (51) has been in charge of the Turin giants since joining from AC Milan in 2014 and he has won the Italian league title in each of his five seasons in charge.

Allegri had a year remaining on the contract extension he signed in 2017 but he will not see it out.

A club statement yesterday read: "Massimiliano Allegri will not be on the Juventus bench next season 2019-2020."

Allegri's trophy haul in Turin also includes four Coppa Italia titles, with this season being the only time during his reign that Juventus have not secured a domestic double. Despite success on home soil, Allegri was unable to deliver the biggest prize in European club football, losing two Champions League finals - against Barcelona in 2015 and Real Madrid in 2017.

The shock quarter-final exit against Ajax this season was a huge disappointment after signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid last summer for a fee reported to be 100million euros.

Former Juventus player and coach Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League and FA Cup at Chelsea, is among the early favourites to replace Allegri.

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola, previously in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich, has ruled himself out of the role.

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