Juventus Fire Manager Massimiliano Allegri Days After Coppa Italia

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri in 2018.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri in 2018. Photo by Kieran McManus/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (10197034ck)

Winning the Coppa Italia trophy wasn’t enough for Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri to keep his job. Just a few days after guiding Juve to a 1-0 win over Atalanta in the Coppa Italia finals, Allegri was relieved of his duties.

Juve issued a statement following the decision, saying that Allegri’s behavior against Atalanta was one of the reasons why he was fired. Allegri received a red card in stoppage time for his aggressive behavior towards referees and use of inappropriate language.

“The exoneration follows certain behaviors during and after the Coppa Italia final that the club deemed incompatible with the values of Juventus and the behavior that those who represent it should have,” said Juve in a statement. “The club wishes Massimiliano Allegri good luck in his future endeavors.”

Massimiliano Allegri was already on the hot seat after the club endured several disappointing seasons. They haven’t won the Seria A since 2019-20 and can’t finish better than third this season. It was previously reported that Juve already has Bologna’s manager, Thiago Motta, lined up as Allegri’s replacement.

Allegri was first hired as Juventus manager in 2014. He won five consecutive Seria A titles before deciding to leave the club following the 2018–19 campaign. Allegri returned in 2021 following Juve’s unsuccessful experiment with Andrea Pirlo but failed to replicate his previous success.