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Allegri’s mentor says Max was never loved at Juventus, reveals why he didn’t join Madrid

October 2, 2022 - 10:30 am

Between 2014 and 2019, Juventus enjoyed one of their most successful periods under the guidance of Max Allegri.

The Livorno native extended the winning dynasty kickstarted by his predecessor Antonio Conte, and added another plethora of trophies to the club’s cabinet, including five Scudetto titles and four Coppa Italia triumphs.

While European glory still eluded him, at least the Bianconeri were getting incredibly close to lifting the Champions League trophy at the time.

But despite it all, the management eventually decided to change air by replacing the former Cagliari and Milan manager with Maurizio Sarri in a coup led by Pavel Nedved and Fabio Paratici.

But despite all the success reached at the time, Allegri’s friend and mentor Giovanni Galeone claims that his pupil was never genuinely loved at Juventus.

The former Udinese and Pescara manager also revealed that Max could have joined Real Madrid, but perhaps he got “lazy”, instead opting for a return to an all too familiar atmosphere.

“Allegri was supposed to sign for Real Madrid, but maybe he got lazy,” said Galeone in an interview with Repubblica Bologna via JuventusNews24.

“Max was never really loved at Juventus, not even when he was winning all those championships.

“At the time, he had a different team, he had fantastic players. There were football professors, but it’s no longer the case today.

“When you finish fourth while trailing by 16 points from the first place, you can’t talk about winning the Scudetto immediately in the following year, the gap is huge.

“We needed more clarity, it is not enough to call the coach to win, you have to protect him from the press and the public. And if you’re talking about a four-year project and sign 35-year-old players…”

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    JohnG October 2, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    Well there you have it. In words from his “mentor”. Allegri had great players during his first tenure. Further proof that this guy can’t coach. His rise and fall depends on what’s at his disposal. A project involves and evolves from a coach who can teach and mold a team. Not from a guy who can’t figure anything out when he doesn’t have superstars on the field. Heck, if that were the case, I’d sit on the Chicago Bulls bench, roll out a basketball and tell Jordan, Pippin, Rodman and the rest of those championship teams to have at it.

    A project needs a teacher, a coach, someone with a vision to implement a system, a style, a unit. Not a person who rides the laurels of a group of players and bemoans not having them at his disposal when he can’t win without them.

    This project is dead so long as Allegri is at the helm, and to some extent, Agnelli and Arrivabene.

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      martinn October 2, 2022 at 7:13 pm

      as someone on another site rightfully said, a big club doesn`t need a `Project` . allegri can not coach or motivate, we have seen that`s why our players are regressing. #AllegriOut

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    martinn October 2, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    ah allegri`s head cheerleader, always ppoping up before a big game or after a disastrous failure of his `coaching`. funny that