The Max Allegri cycle has finished “in a natural way” according to Juventus vice president, the incomparable and impossibly great Pavel Nedved, but that doesn’t mean they have a replacement head coach immediately lined up.
In a way, that’s expected since the Serie A season has one more weekend to run and pretty much all candidates seriously linked with the job are busy through the end of month anyway. That includes both Maurizio Sarri, who has the Europa League final coming up with Chelsea, and Simone Inzaghi, who has two games left with Lazio (Monday and Saturday).
Talking to media after Juve’s 1-1 draw with Atalanta on Sunday, Nedved confirmed that while they have some ideas for who could possibly replace the winning machine that was Allegri, they have not contacted any new coaches yet.
“We have to make decisions and we have made it. Once a cycle is finished in a natural way, there is no real reason to keep it going. A very important cycle has ended, this cycle will never be repeated here. Max was immense, he won 11 trophies and won almost everything he was asked to. Congratulations to him and to the staff [...]
”Inzaghi or Sarri? Assessments in progress, we are not in a hurry. It will not be easy, we know that this cycle will not be repeated. It will be even more difficult. There has not yet been a choice? So far we evaluated Max, we have not contacted other coaches. We have clear ideas, but nothing has been done yet.”
-Pavel Nedved; source: Sky Italia via CalcioMercato
Nedved is probably just being diplomatic of course. Everyone involved in this situation, from Chelsea to Juve to Sarri to the coaches, the players, and the fans, wants clarity and wants it quickly. Hopefully we’ll get it. The last we need is a repeat of last summer’s sideshows and shenanigans (and after-effects).