ALMOST 100 MILLION: The FORTUNE that Juve needs to get rid of Allegri
Fans of the Bianconeri are asking for the coach's dismissal, but the club simply can't afford it
Massimiliano Allegri is walking on the edge at Juventus, but the Bianconeri won't consider sacking him just yet, as it would cost them a fortune. The Italian manager is enduring a hard beginning to the season; after seven matches, la Vecchia Signora are 8th in Serie A, some seven points off Napoli and Atalanta at the top of the table. However, the Juve board are preaching patience.
Allegri is struggling to make things click at Juventus. Whilst there have been off the pitch issues, such as Paul Pogba and Angel di Maria's injuries, as well as the whole drama surrounding the French midfielder with the accusations done by his brother, the fans are growing restless. However, the board are not.
Whilst the economic factor is one of the biggest issues to removing Allegri from his position, it's not the only one. The last time Juventus fired a manager mid-season was almost 13 years ago, when Ciro Ferrara was removed in January 2010. Since then, a philosophy of consistency has been applied at the club, and they do not intend to break away from that. "It would be completely crazy to sack Allegri right now", recently explained club CEO Maurizio Arrivabene, "Allegri has a project here at Juventus, to be developed in the next four years".
That being said, there is undoubedly an economic incentive to digging their heels and hoping that Allegri can find a solution amid the chaos. Arrivabene's joke when a fan suggested that the current coach should get the sack went viral, but it speaks volumes: "Will you pay for the next one?"
Massimiliano Allegri is the joint highest paid coach in Serie A with its 7.5 million per season (tied with AS Roma's Jose Mourinho). That means that, as reported by Italian newspaper Tuttosport, it would cost Juventus a massive 45 million euros just to sack him, let alone the rest of his coaching staff. With the added cost of then replacing the Italian with another top coach (be it Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino or whoever), Tuttosport puts the total cost of the operation at some 80 million euros. An absolute fortune that Juventus can't afford right now.