Chelsea Discarded Allegri Due to Bad Experiences with Italian Coaches

Former Juventus and Milan coach Massiliano Allegri was briefly considered by Chelsea once they decided to sack Frank Lampard, but they quickly appointed Tomas Tuchel that was very eager to take the job few weeks after being dismissed by PSG and was considered a better fit due to his familiarity with German players, transfer market expert Alfredo Pedullà wrote on Gazzetta dello Sport’s website.

Allegri paid the price for not having been coaching for over a year now and was allegedly discarded also because Chelsea’s CEO Marina Granovskaia no longer wants to deal with Italian coaches after what happened with Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri, despite the fact that they were the last gaffers able to take home trophies with the Blues.

As Sky Sports reported looking at the balance sheets, the club was forced to pay £26.6M between the compensation to Conte and his staff and legal costs once the end of his tenure spilled over to the courtrooms. Sarri’s last few months at the helm were very rocky due to frictions inside the locker room, which led to him getting the ax despite winning the Europa League.

Pedullà added that the most tangible option on the table for Allegri is currently Roma, even though Paulo Fonseca temporarily saved his job last week. Corriere della Sera instead indicated that there also have been some talks with Napoli, which are evaluating whether or not to stick with Gennaro Gattuso.