Juventus may have moved quickly to replace Antonio Conte with the appointment of former AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri, but questions have to be asked as to why they chose to overlook Roberto Mancini for the role.
The former Manchester City manager may have endured a torrid time over in Turkey with Galatasaray - where he was sacked after just nine months in the job - but he remains one of the most intelligent managers on the planet.
Mancini too combative?
His combative style of management may have seen his popularity in the City dressing room lessen, with arguments with Samir Nasri, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli well documented, but his ego and personality would have made him the right appointment for the job.
His rift with Tevez in 2011 during a Champions League tie with Bayern Munich was eventually healed in time for the Argentinian to play a starring role in delivering Mancini a maiden Premier League title, and should have meant the two uniting would not be a problem.
Mancini also has experience of winning league titles within Italy during his spell at Inter Milan, although his failure to guide them to Champions League glory led to his departure and the arrival of Jose Mourinho.
Allegri guided Milan to the Serie A title in the same year, but after the sale of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint-Germain, he struggled to maintain such high standards and was replaced by Clarence Seedorf in January with the club 11th in the table.
Juventus’ reluctance to appoint a more experienced, well-established candidate could see star duo Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba leave for the Premier League, with Manchester United and Chelsea linked with both players.
What is also questionable is the decision to appoint a man who made such a horrific error by letting Andrea Pirlo leave the San Siro three years ago.
Allegri had deemed the Italian midfielder surplus to requirements, but his stunning rejuvenation and form for Juventus has played a major role in a glittering period of success for the Italian giants that has seen them win three consecutive Scudetto titles.
Mancini linked with Italy job
After this snub, Mancini is now among the frontrunners for the Italy job after Cesare Prandelli’s resignation following the country’s shambolic World Cup in Brazil where they failed to emerge from the group stages for the second time in four years.
Conte too is up for consideration, although it is unknown what the Italian is planning next given the shock and abrupt nature of his departure and whether he would instead opt for a sustained period away from the game.
So will Juventus’ decision come back to haunt them? Only time will tell if their decision to overlook a serial winner costs them dearly.
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