TURIN, Italy (AP) — Massimiliano Allegri admitted it was Juventus which decided he would not coach the club next season, despite leading it to a record-extending eighth straight Serie A title.
Allegri’s contract as Juventus coach was scheduled to expire at the end of next season but the club announced on Friday that they were set to part ways, fueling speculation it is preparing to rehire former manager Antonio Conte.
At a news conference on Saturday, Allegri said that he exchanged ideas at a meeting with the club directors “and the club decided that the coach would not be me anymore.”
The 51-year-old Allegri had tears in his eyes as he looked at the Juventus players, who were all sat in the first few rows.
Allegri has won 11 trophies with Juventus since replacing Conte in 2014 and also led the team to two Champions League finals.
Juventus appears frustrated by not being able to win the top European trophy under Allegri — especially after signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid before this season.
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