Juventus Fires Allegri

Juventus sacked coach Massimiliano Allegri on Friday for his explosive behavior during the team's midweek Italian Cup triumph, deeming it "incompatible" with the club's values.
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“Juventus announced that it has relieved Massimiliano Allegri from the role of coach of the men’s first team,” the Turin club stated.

“The dismissal follows certain behaviours during and after the Italian Cup final which the club deemed incompatible with the values of Juventus and those who represent it.”

The club wished Allegri, 56, “good luck in his future endeavours.”

Allegri was sent off in the final minutes of Wednesday’s 1-0 win against Atalanta for ranting at match officials and dismissively waving away sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli during post-match celebrations. Allegri, who won 12 trophies with Juventus over two spells as manager, is also alleged to have manhandled and threatened the chief editor of newspaper Tuttosport before the post-match press conference.

On the sidelines, Allegri boiled with anger, ripping off his tie and jacket in the presence of John Elkann, the CEO of Exor, the holding company that controls Juventus and Ferrari.

Juve had been widely reported to be replacing Allegri with Bologna coach Thiago Motta in the summer following an underwhelming season, but the club was pushed to announce their decision with two matches remaining in the current campaign.

Juventus sits fourth in Serie A, 25 points behind champions Inter Milan, after collecting just 15 points in their last 15 league matches. They face Bologna on Monday night, with both teams already qualified for next season’s revamped Champions League.

When asked by AFP, Juventus did not specify whether Allegri was dismissed with just cause, a move that could potentially save the club from paying the remaining year of his contract, worth around seven million euros ($7.6 million) before bonuses.

The Italian Football Federation’s disciplinary tribunal has launched an investigation into Allegri, who on Thursday was given an automatic two-match ban in the cup for his straight red card and could face further punishment.

Disappointing Return

Allegri was rehired in 2021 following the sacking of Andrea Pirlo, who oversaw the end of Juve’s domestic dominance, with Inter winning that year’s league title.

Juve had claimed the previous nine titles, with Allegri winning five in a row between 2014 and 2019 in his first spell in charge.

Four of those titles were accompanied by the Italian Cup as Juve, boosted by increased revenues from their own stadium opened in 2011, moved to a level above their domestic rivals.

Allegri also made Juve a force in Europe, guiding a star-studded team featuring Paul Pogba, Gianluigi Buffon, and Andrea Pirlo to two Champions League finals, both lost to Barcelona and Real Madrid as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo dominated.

However, his return to Piedmont after a two-year sabbatical has been far less successful, with Wednesday’s cup victory over Atalanta being Juventus’ first trophy since Pirlo won the cup three years ago.

Allegri has faced numerous problems and controversies since returning, including the transfer scandal leading to Juventus being deducted 10 points last season and banned from Europe for a year by UEFA for financial irregularities.

Juventus’ entire hierarchy was swept away by that affair, and Allegri reportedly never had good relations with the new management, as well as being unhappy with the club negotiating with Motta behind his back.

Allegri also had to manage Ronaldo’s stormy departure early in his first season back and Paul Pogba’s injury and doping violation issues.

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