Next Juventus Manager: Mauricio Pochettino in the mix, but could Zinedine Zidane's head be turned?

by The Sack Race / 08 August 2020, 17:46

The business of football management is oh so very cruel.

Fresh after reaching the pinnacle of his long and winding career path - lifting the Serie A title - Maurizio Sarri has been sacked by Juventus.

The Italian giants lured Sarri over from Chelsea last summer but have decided to make a change in the dugout after a single season following the club’s disappointing Champions League last-16 exit at the hands of Lyon.

Sarri is now left searching for his third job in just over a year, while Juventus will now begin the hunt for his successor. Below we take a gander at the names in the frame...

Mauricio Pochettino

This would be brilliant and, from a biased perspective, we hope it comes to fruition.

It’s already been nine months since Tottenham unexpectedly sacked Mauricio Pochettino after five transformative years, and while many thought he was then destined for Man Utd, their incumbent Ole Gunnar Solskjær has to his credit swatted away the critics...for now.

With that move off the cards, the sudden emergence of a vacancy at a European powerhouse will surely be a mouthwatering prospect for Pochettino.

Simone Inzaghi

First of all, everyone at The Sack Race wants to send their congratulations to Simone Inzaghi who has just welcomed baby Andrea into the world!

With this in mind he’s probably a tad busy to suddenly begin discussions with Juventus.

One thing is for sure though, Inzaghi has done an incredible job at Lazio with whom he’s led to Coppa Italia glory and a couple of Supercoppa Italians since venturing into management in 2016. Last season also saw Lazio mount a spirited title charge only to fall short post-lockdown.

He currently has a year left on his Lazio contract, meaning Juventus may fancy their chances of luring him over.

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Max Allegri

To be honest, here at The Sack Race we are scratching our heads at the fact that Max Allegri is still jobless; just over 14 months after his departure from Juventus.

His CV boasts: half-a-dozen Scudettos, four Coppa Italias, and a trio of Supercoppa Italians - most of which were lifted at Juventus, a club he knows inside out.

However, as of yet he’s not been tempted back into the managerial waters.

A return to Turin could well appeal though.

Andrea Pirlo

The Juventus legend has just taken up a job with the U23s so he’s already employed at the club.

Yet despite his legendary status the senior job is likely to have come too soon for the coolest man in football.

But the former Bianconeri midfielder will surely have ambitions to become the main man one day, and whose to say that he won’t be given an immediate opportunity on an interim basis?

Zinedine Zidane

Juventus legend. Tick.
Champions League winner. Tick.
Worked wonders with Ronaldo. Tick

It’s going to happen eventually isn’t it?

Reuniting star man Cristiano Ronaldo with the manager he won three consecutive Champions League trophies with would be epic.

More so, not only is Zinedine Zidane a Juventus icon but the timing could be just right given that his head may well be turned following Real Madrid’s European defeat to Man City.

The Frenchman has already banked two La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies - amongst others - from two spells at the Bernabeu, so the chance to now manage Juventus could prove incredibly appealing.

Gian Piero Gasperini

Atalanta have lit up Italy and Europe with their swashbuckling brand of football this season.

They smashed home a gargantuan 98 Serie A goals - 22 more than Juventus - while a Champions League semi-final spot will be there’s should they topple PSG next week.

Gian Piero Gasperini failed to stamp his authority at Inter Milan back in 2011 - he was ruthlessly sacked five games into his tenure - but he’s since rejuvenated his career at Atalanta, who will be aiming for the title next season.

May not be the first choice, however he definitely deserves to be in the mix.

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