Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola among candidates for Juventus job

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Massimiliano Allegri will leave his position as Juventus head coach at the end of the season.

The 51-year-old, who has won the Serie A title during each of his five years in charge, had a year remaining on the contract extension he signed in 2017 but he will not see it out as the Bianconeri continue in a different direction.

Here, we look at the contenders to replace Allegri at the Italian giants.

Antonio Conte

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The former Bianconeri boss is the early favourite to make a return to Turin, having managed the club between 2011 and 2014. Conte delivered the Serie A title in each of his three seasons in charge of Juventus, winning the league with a record points total of 102 during the 2013-14 campaign. An icon as a player in the black and white stripes between 1991 and 2004, the 49-year-old knows the club inside-out and would be a popular choice among most supporters. Conte won the Premier League at the first time of asking with Chelsea and followed that up with an FA Cup success the next season, so he has proved himself to be a serial winner. He will be refreshed and refocused almost a year after leaving the Blues.

Mauricio Pochettino

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The Tottenham manager’s name is linked with every big job these days as his stock continues to rise – and it could reach an all-time high should Spurs win the Champions League next month. After eight years of domestic dominance, Juventus crave another European crown and this season’s quarter-final exit against Ajax in the Champions League was a huge disappointment after signing Cristiano Ronaldo last summer for a fee reported to be €100 million. Pochettino has claimed he could leave Spurs if they won European club football’s biggest prize on June 1, although he did sign a new five-year contract last year. The Argentinian plays bright, attacking football and throughout his career has blooded young players but the fact he has not won a major trophy – yet – may work against him.

Didier Deschamps

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Like Conte, another former Juventus midfielder and manager. Deschamps’ spell in charge of the club was short-lived but during his season at the helm he won the Serie B title and got the club promoted back to the top flight, following its demotion for match-fixing. The 50-year-old might not have been the most stylish of players, but his France team which won last year’s World Cup had it in spades. Deschamps also has club experience at Monaco and Marseille, but could he be tempted away from the France national team where he has a contract until 2020?

Pep Guardiola

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There has been a lot of speculation about the future of the Manchester City boss of late, despite his current contract running up until 2021. Guardiola has thrived in Spain, Germany and England, where his Premier League champions have the opportunity to complete an historic domestic treble in the FA Cup final on Saturday – having won the League Cup in February. With that in mind, Italy could be the next logical step in his career. Guardiola failed to win the Champions League at Bayern Munich and has yet to deliver it at Manchester City, with his last success in the competition coming with Barcelona in 2011.

Laurent Blanc

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The former France international and manager, a no-nonsense centre-back in his playing days, guided Bordeaux to an unlikely second-placed finish in his first managerial job before claiming the Ligue 1 title the following year after setting a then competition record of 11 straight victories. Blanc became France manager in 2010 and lost to eventual 2012 European Championship winners Spain at the quarter-final stage before stepping down after the tournament. Paris Saint-Germain followed, where he won 11 trophies in three seasons before he left in 2016. The 53-year-old has not managed since.

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Juventus confirm Massimiliano Allegri will leave club in the summer

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Massimiliano Allegri will leave his position as Juventus head coach at the end of the season, the Serie A club have announced.

The 51-year-old has been in charge of the Turin club since joining from fellow Serie A heavyweights AC Milan in 2014 and he has won the league title in each of his five seasons in charge.

A club statement read: “Massimiliano Allegri will not be on the Juventus bench next season 2019/2020.

“The coach and the president, Andrea Agnelli, will meet together with the media at the press conference, which will be held tomorrow, Saturday, May 18, at 14 o’clock at the conference room Dell’allianz Stadium.”

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp perfect replacement for Massimiliano Allegri, says Claudio Marchisio

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Jurgen Klopp has led Liverpool to two straight Champions League finals.

Former Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio believes the club should target Jurgen Klopp as a replacement for Massimiliano Allegri if the Italian leaves this summer.

Though Marchisio, who played for Juventus for 13 seasons before leaving for Zenit St. Petersburg last summer, acknowledged that tempting Klopp away from Liverpool would be difficult, he said the German manager “would do very well in Italian football.”

“One that I believe cannot be had: Jurgen Klopp,” Marchisio told Tuttosport when asked who he thought should replace Allegri.

“I like his game and I like his way of playing football until the death. He would do very well in Italian football.

“But, if Allegri remains, I wouldn’t see anything wrong with that, because he’s a coach who always wins.”

The current Juventus manager has been linked with an exit ever since the side’s Champions League exit after a quarter-final loss to Ajax, in a season they were finally expected to get over the hump in the competition having signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid last summer.

Juve reached two finals in the competition under Allegri in five seasons, losing to Barcelona in 2014 and Madrid in 2017, and the European failures have continued to haunt the club even as they extended their run in Italy to eight straight Serie A titles this season, winning the league every year under the 51-year-old.

Mauricio Pochettino and Didier Deschamps have been mentioned as potential replacements for the Italian, with former Juve midfielder Deschamps, who led France to the World Cup trophy as manager last summer having also captained his country during their 1998 triumph, considered the likelier candidate given how firm Tottenham will stand in trying to keep Pochettino at the club.

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