After Pep Guardiola’s move to Manchester City was confirmed, Massimiliano Allegri became the favourite to take over the Chelsea hot seat. The Juventus manager has become one of the standout managerial names from Italy in the last five years. After managing to win the league title with AC Milan, he has gone on to achieve the same feat with Juventus while also reaching the Champions League final.
The 48-year-old was rumoured to have signed a four-year contract to take over at Chelsea from the summer. Guus Hiddink remains unbeaten since taking over from Jose Mourinho, but his status as the interim manager does not appear to have changed. He is expected to leave at the end of the season.
Allegri is rumoured to have been offered around £10 million per year to manage Chelsea. Further, the prospect of signing much more expensive players – than at Juventus – will be enticing to say the least. Major bookmakers are offering odds of 4/6 for Allegri to become the next Chelsea manager. Yet, Allegri has dismissed rumours linking him with the Chelsea job. He said:
“There’s nothing to it. I cannot either confirm or deny something that doesn’t exist.
“I want this matter over and done with now. What’s important for me right now is to get to the end of the season with Juventus and try and win some silverware.”
The rumours are unlikely to go away. Allegri may have come out with such statements in order to preserve Juventus’ impressive form. Juventus started the 2015-16 season in poor form similar to Chelsea, but they have stormed to the second spot on the back of an impressive run. They have won 17 out of the last 18 matches in all competitions. Any talk about the manager searching for pastures new in the summer will only contribute to instability in the squad.
If indeed Allegri rejects the Chelsea offer and decides to stay at Turin, it would leave the blues in a difficult spot as far as the next manager is concerned. There are few top options left for Roman Abramovich.