Even the most frigid of Juventus haters could not help but be moved. Juve president Andrea Agnelli and outgoing manager Max Allegri sat up on stage together following their Allianz Arena season finale — a 1-1 draw with Atalanta.
Just before the news conference, the entire Juventus squad trooped in and took their places around their outgoing coach. It was the polar opposite to how the previous boss left, when Antonio Conte, who had won three-straight Serie A titles, resigned abruptly on a torrid day in mid-July.
Despite his success in winning the 2018/19 Serie A title, manager Massimiliano Allegri will leave Serie A champions Juventus at the end of the season.
The 51-year-old Italian has won the league title in each of his five seasons since taking charge in 2014.
Juventus, who signed Cristiano Ronaldo last summer for £99.2m, reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League and Coppa Italia this season.
Late in this season Allegri had reflected on went wrong against Ajax and in the previous round against Atletico Madrid.
He had long been talking about the need for Juventus to learn how to impose themselves on opposing teams, particularly in Europe. Clearly, this had not happened. Some of it was his responsibility, of course, but some of it came down to the skill sets of the players and the mentality, particularly in midfield.
The coaching search rages on for Juventus and it might be a week or two before it is completed, which is both exciting but also a little worrying since the Juventus executives are usually thorough planners, so it likely means that the ousting of Massimiliano Allegri was indeed decided recently.
Also, all the top coaches, but Antonio Conte and José Mourinho that for different reasons will not be hired, are all under contract and some still playing games, so the situation is a bit frustrating but logical.