Juventus Concerned with Hefty Cost of Coaching Change

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli called Massimiliano Allegri while the coach was spending time in his hometown Livorno before the training sessions resume. The chairman offered his support for the embattled boss. It was a further signal that the management isn’t considering sacking him for now, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports.

The chief is the biggest supporter of the gaffer within the management. If he had decided on his own, they wouldn’t have moved on from him two years ago. CEO Maurizio Arrivabene is on the same page, while vice-president Pavel Nedved is pushing to dismiss him.

Juventus will give Allegri more time, likely until the November break, to turn things around. Despite the renewed trust, both parties are aware things have to improve to move forward. The returns from injury will help out. The confirmation is a technical choice, not just economic, even though that’s inevitably a factor.

As TuttoSport relays, the boss is owed nearly €45M over the next few years including the salaries of his staff. If the executives brought in a top-level gaffer and not an interim manager, the annual gross cost would be basically equivalent, and only a little inferior in case of a foreign option. A coaching change would cost up to €80M. A meeting of the board of directors will examine the matter Friday. No outside coach has been contacted as of today.

Our Take on Juventus and Allegri

The reckoning will probably come in November, and it might be already too late given the struggles in Champions League. The Bianconeri can’t be content with carrying on like this; otherwise, even the fourth place will quickly become a mirage. Their struggling finances make a big-time hiring unlikely, though.

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