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Juventus To Avoid Paying Off Allegri After His Sack And Why The Club Is Yet To Announce His Replacement

Written By Onyeka Daniel

After much speculations, Italian giants, Juventus have officially sacked Massimiliano Allegri due to ‘behaviour during and after the Coppa Italia final the club deemed incompatible with the values of Juventus. ’A statement was released confirming his actions in and around the Coppa Italia Final were “not compatible with the values of Juventus and those who must represent the club.”

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The full wording of the statement: “Juventus announces that it has relieved Massimiliano Allegri of his position as head coach of the men’s first team. “The exoneration follows certain behaviours during and after the Coppa Italia final that the club deemed incompatible with the values of Juventus and the behaviour that those who represent it should have.


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“It ends a period of collaboration, which began in 2014, restarted in 2021 and ended, after the previous three seasons together, with the Italian Cup final. “The club wishes Massimiliano Allegri good luck in his future endeavours.” The tactician was under contract until June 2025, but still widely expected to be dismissed over the summer.

However, the situation escalated rapidly following Allegri’s antics during and after the Coppa Italia Final victory over Atalanta on Wednesday. The coach was first sent off for dissent, then tore off his jacket, tie and started to undo his shirt, shouting for refereeing designator Gianluca Rocchi as he stormed away.

During the trophy celebrations, he was caught on camera seeming to tell director Cristiano Giuntoli to ‘go away’ and not join in with the squad. After that, he was also involved in an altercation with Tuttosport editor Guido Vaciago. Allegri oversaw this morning’s training session, then was recalled to the Continassa training ground in the afternoon along with director Giuntoli for the meeting where he was informed of his dismissal.

This was Allegri’s second stint on the Juventus bench after 2014-2019, returning in the summer of 2021. In those eight seasons, he won five Serie A titles, four Coppa Italia and two Supercoppa Italiana trophies. In a curious symmetry, Allegri was also fired on May 17 in 2019. Furthermore, the wording of the club statement suggests they will try to avoid paying his €9m salary.

They will argue that he was dismissed for ‘just cause.’ it had been In the air and known for some weeks that Allegri would be dismissed at the end of the season, despite his contract running to June 2025 and his ability to achieve all the targets set this term with Champions League qualification and victory in the Coppa Italia.

The concern had been that for the second time after 2019, Juventus might be stuck with the bill for a whole season of his massive salary because they fired him a year early. This may well explain the wording of the statement confirming his sacking today, as it seems to paint a picture where the club could argue he had to be fired for ‘just cause,’ therefore avoiding a year’s worth of wages.

Perhaps, the actual breaking point was during the Coppa Italia celebrations on the pitch, when Allegri seemed to declare ‘go away’ and wave his hand dismissively towards director of sport Cristiano Giuntoli. He denied that afterwards, but was clearly saying it to someone and the club evidently did not believe his version of events either.

Meanwhile…

Paolo Montero will be the interim Juventus coach for the final two games, but it won’t be announced until tomorrow to avoid a ban. The replacement for the final two matches of the 2023-24 campaign is the current the coach of Juventus Under-19 youth team. However, there is a very good reason why this will not be confirmed until Saturday afternoon.

It is because Montero has a touchline man that he must sit out and so the confirmation will not be made until after the Under-19 team play their game on Saturday morning.

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Montero will then be free to sit on the senior Juve bench for Monday’s showdown with Bologna and the last game of the season against Monza. The Uruguayan played at Juventus from 1996 to 2005, then became a coach in South America and Italy before returning to Turin in 2022 for their youth team.

As for next season, it has been widely reported for a long time that Juve have a deal with Bologna coach Thiago Motta and his appointment could make the Bianconeri the favorite to snap up some of the Rossoblu talents, from Joshua Zirkzee to Riccardo Calafiori and possibly Lewis Ferguson even if he’s out with a long term injury at the moment and is not expected to be back until the start of next season.

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