Cristiano Ronaldo has instructed Juventus ’ board to approach Carlo Ancelotti about the prospect of succeeding Max Allegri.
The 51-year-old has masterminded the Old Lady’s continued domination of Serie but will step down at the end of the season with his failure to land the Champions League a key factor in his demise.
Allegri took Juve to the final of Europe’s elite club competition in 2015 and 2017 and was expected to mount a serious challenge this season, particularly following the arrival of Ronaldo from Real Madrid.
Ajax’s young side knocked Juventus out at the quarter-final stage, however, following an impressive win in Turin which reportedly prompted Ronaldo to demand a major overhaul of Allegri’s squad, while he was also said to be critical of his manager’s tactics .
Juventus confirmed Allegri’s departure on Friday and have already been linked with elite replacements, including Mauricio Pochettino, Maurizio Sarri and Pep Guardiola, who quickly reaffirmed his commitment to Manchester City ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final against Watford.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport , Ronaldo has already championed the cause of Ancelotti, under whom he won Real’s landmark 10th European Cup back in 2014.
Ancelotti, who managed Juve for two years between 1999 and 2001, joined Napoli last summer and is contracted until 2021.
Speaking ahead of last summer’s World Cup when Ancelotti was linked with the Italian national team, Ronaldo said: ‘When I speak about him I feel happy.
‘He is an unbelievable person, he is fantastic as a coach. I don’t need to say anything because he wins everything so I wish to work with him one day again because he’s a fantastic coach, he’s a fanatic person.’
By Ayodele Emaye