Allegri sacked by Juventus two days after Coppa Italia triumph


Juventus have sacked head coach Max Allegri, two days after the club won the Coppa Italia.

The club was widely expected to part ways with the Italian at the end of the season after a disappointing year, but he has progressed with two games remaining of the campaign.

Juve are fourth in Serie A after five consecutive draws, but are guaranteed to play in the Champions League next season with a seven-point lead over sixth-placed Roma.

Allegri guided them to the Coppa Italia with victory against Atalanta at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday evening, a first trophy since returning to the club in June 2021.

However, the 56-year-old appeared to dismiss the attention of club directors Cristiano Giuntoli and Maurizio Scanavino after the final whistle, while remaining on the sidelines as his players celebrated in front of the supporters.

A Juventus statement said the decision “follows certain behaviors during and after the Coppa Italia final which the club deemed incompatible with the values ​​of Juventus and the behavior that those who represent it should have.”

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The decision to dismiss Allegri ends his second tenure as head coach, a period in which the club have won just one trophy, with the 2022-23 season also seeing them fail to qualify for European football.

A 3-0 victory at Lecce on January 21 had put Allegri’s side at the top of Serie A with an impressive 52 points from their opening 21 league matches, one point ahead of Inter – who had played one less match.

However, four months on, Juventus are now 25 points behind champions Inter and are expected to finish third at best with two matches remaining in the season.

Allegri’s first spell saw him win the Italian top flight in each of his five seasons in charge between 2014 and 2019, while also reaching the Champions League final in 2015 and 2017.

Juventus also won four Coppa Italia crowns and two Supercoppa Italiana trophies during this period.

Allegri, whose managerial career spans more than two decades, also guided Milan to the Serie A title in 2010-11.

Juve next play Bologna on Monday before closing the season against Monza the following weekend.

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