Most football fans are sure that Arsene Wenger’s time at Arsenal is up, me included. But I don’t think people are too sure about who should be his replacement.
For me, Arsenal should go all guns blazing for one man and one man only! Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is that man and here’s why:
He’s an achiever
Allegri, 50, has achieved some level of success at every club he’s managed since taking charge of Sassuolo.
Before that he had short spells with small tier Italian sides but from 2007 onwards, his managerial career has been on the rise. He guided the now-Serie A side to their first ever promotion to Serie B, winning the Serie C1/A title.
Whilst he cannot take credit for the great work at the club since to become an established side in the top tier, he at least has a case for having played an integral role in starting the rise of Sassuolo.
Immediately after gaining promotion, Allegri left to become the head coach at Cagliari, a club he’d guide to their highest league finish in almost 15 years (9th place) during his first season at the club. This was hailed as a huge achievement given the lack of resources and star players available to him, yet he was still able to produce a successful attacking brand of football.
He was awarded the Panchina d’Oro (Serie A manager of the year award – voted by fellow managers) ahead of league winning Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho. Toward the end of the following season he was surprisingly relieved of his managerial duties by a chairman you may be familiar with, Massimo Cellino.
To his credit, Allegri took that in his stride and got the AC Milan job, where he was an instant success in winning the title, the club’s first since 2003/04. Key players then retired or left the club and AC haven’t been the same since, he did manage to keep them performing well enough.
One of the best Juventus managers ever?
Juventus fans weren’t initially too keen to have former Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri take charge, but the appointment has proved more than fruitful for the 33-time Italian top tier champions.
Allegri holds a win percentage of 71.15% as Juventus manager, higher than any other manager in the history of the club, with only France boss Didier Deschamps (70.45%) coming close from his spell with the Zebras and he was at the club for a shorter amount of time, meaning it was easier to maintain such a high win percentage.
Allegri has really made Juventus his own, they’re on course to win his fourth consecutive Serie A title after replacing Antonio Conte. He’s also taken them to two Champions League finals, albeit losing both.
The Livorno-born Italian is just seven trophies away from joining the most successful Juventus managers in Giovanni Trapattoni and Marcello Lippi.
Allegri demands the absolute best from his players from start to finish in games and hates to see his team concede goals.
He would give the Arsenal squad the kick they need to become a top club on the pitch again. He’s a manager that could easily attract star signings too.
He is probably the most underrated manager among the top clubs in the world.
Written by Jordan Hackett
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