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Max Allegri joins race to replace Zidane
- Updated: June 5, 2018
Real Madrid seek a perfect replacement for Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu and reports were rife that Pochettino was the prime candidate for the position. However, while the spotlight on the Spurs manager appears to be diminishing, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri could be taking the pole position for the job at the Bernabeu.
Reports in Italy suggest that the Los Blancos hierarchy made contact with the Italian manager on Friday, June 1, as it appears the club are working on a backup plan, just in case the speculated move for Pochettino falls through.
Allthough Allegri has a contract with Juventus that runs till 2020, it is believed that negotiations for him to assume the managerial helm at the Santiago Bernabeu will be easier than with Tottenham Hotspur for Pochettino.
Additionally, Allegri may have the belief that his time in Turin may be coming to an end as he even negotiated with Arsenal when Wenger resigned from his position at the Emirates.
It is also believed that the Real Madrid hierarchy admire Allegri’s dominance on the domestic scene, winning four Serie A titles with Juventus, and one with AC Milan. Only Pep Guardiola’s record in top European league title wins can compare with Allegri’s runs to league title wins.
According to Allegri, the league is a marathon in contrast to a 100m sprint. He also admitted that he knows how to manage his squad and ensure that his players give their best. He is also an authoritative figure who takes tough decisions when necessary and might fit in well at Madrid’s managerial helm.