Pep Guardiola and 3 other contenders for the Juventus jobby Chloe Beresford / 22 May 2019, 13:12Tweet
As Juventus president Andrea Agnelli sat down at a press conference with departing Coach Max Allegri, he was not giving anything away about the identity of the man who will come in as a replacement.
Instead, he insisted that reporters direct their queries to sporting director Fabio Paratici, a man who was not present to answer the question that hung over everyone in the room.
Yet when they finally did catch up with the club official handed the important task by Agnelli, he was just as coy.
“We are taking our time in selecting the new Coach,” Paratici told reporters at Sky Italia. “We need patience, we are evaluating the right candidates and have clear ideas.”
There are a number of candidates that have been put forward by the media as potential replacements for Allegri - click here for the latest odds - with the highly reliable journalist Luca Momblano having cryptically stated that the next Bianconeri boss will have “Blue Blood.”
Make of that what you will, but here at the Sack Race, we have run down the list of suitors to the Juventus throne...
Now ranked as the favourite to take the position, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is exactly the kind of Coach that Juve are looking for.
Indeed, the very reason that the Torinese outfit parted company with Allegri is that they are looking for the right man who can win the Champions League while they still have a peak Cristiano Ronaldo in the side.
The Catalan boss has repeatedly stated that he is not leaving City, however Spanish journalist Mario Gago Huerta has reported that Pep met with Paratici in Milan on Tuesday to discuss the vacancy.
Fabio Paratici spotted entering the Palazzo Parigi hotel in Milan, where Guardiola is staying. pic.twitter.com/utYBTwRPY6— Tarek Khatib (@ADP1113) May 21, 2019
Multiple sources have suggested that Maurizio Sarri will leave Chelsea this summer, and Italian sports paper La Gazzetta dello Sport has suggested that the Coach has, in fact, had tentative discussions with Juve.
While Sarri has proven himself to be a capable and tenacious boss, his general demeanour and methods that are slow to bear fruit does not seem to fit with Juve’s usual idea of a smart and professional boss, one that can give them the immediate results in Europe they so desperately crave.
Domestically, this appointment makes sense, as Inzaghi’s good work with Lazio suggests he is ready to make a step up in terms of Serie A.
However, Juve wouldn’t have parted ways with Allegri if they were content to stand still, and winning yet another league title is simply not enough for them. Rumours have been fairly strong regarding Inzaghi, yet such a move seems pretty unlikely in the current circumstances.
Now here is a Coach that would suit Juventus. After Mauricio Pochettino hinted that he may leave Tottenham if they win the Champions League this season, ears at Juve must’ve collectively pricked up.
The Argentine seems like exactly the right fit for the club and the fact he would surely want to wait until after the final on June 1st to announce his departure from North London would explain the Old Lady’s delay in announcing Allegri’s replacement. The boss also has Piedmontese roots and still has family living just outside Turin, perhaps another factor that could tempt him to make the move to Italy.
Didier Deschamps has announced himself out of the running, while fellow candidate Antonio Conte seems to be extremely close to a move to Inter.
It is also unlikely that the hierarchy would go for Jose Mourinho after his antics towards the Juventus supporters when Manchester United played Juve earlier this season.
The most important thing to bear in mind here is that Juve won’t be looking to take on someone inconsistent or unproven.
A famous line from Juventus legend Giampiero Boniperti states “winning is not important, it’s the only thing that matters,” and this couldn’t be truer as they look for the right man to take them forward.