Agnelli Explains Why Juventus Are Sticking with Allegri

Despite the gut-wrenching loss versus Maccabi Haifa, Juventus continue to refuse to consider a coaching change. President Andrea Agnelli backed Massimiliano Allegri in his post-game remarks to Sky.

“It’s a tough night and a difficult period. It has to be analyzed in its entirety. It’s the moment to take responsibility, and that’s why I’m here. I’m ashamed and angry, but I’m aware it’s a team sport. You win and lose together, and we must restart from such principle. In a situation like this, the problem isn’t a person, whether it’s the gaffer, a player, a trainer or so on. It has to be solved as a group. We will have 9 matches in 30 days. We must get in a good position ahead of the second half of the season, where will have to be protagonists.”

Agnelli was quizzed about whether the rich contract of Allegri is a factor.

“That’s not the case. It can’t be the manager’s fault if we can’t win a tackle. On that front, we have always taken stock at the end of the season. I’m struggling to envision a change midway through the campaign. He’s our coach and that will stay as such. There are 80/90 people in our group. We must rally and rediscover the qualities of our squad. The overall attitude has been problematic. The issue is psychological. We must apologize to our fans, who can’t go out on the streets right now. We have to reflect and be more compact. I think we have excellent professionals both on the bench and in the squad. We are going through a sticky patch and must get out of it together. The change must generate from what happens on the pitch.”

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