Andrea Pirlo was not as confident in management as during his brilliant playing career.
The Juventus boss has spearheaded his former side’s worst campaign in more than a decade and appears to be on his way to the exit.
The reigning Italian champion is out of the Champions League after losing to Porto in the round of 16 and is 12 points behind Inter Milan in Serie A
So, if Pirlo gets the ax, who can replace him and take charge of Italy’s most successful club?
Andrea Pirlo is under immense pressure and could be fired if Juventus lose to Napoli
Cristiano Ronaldo and Co have not performed for their manager so far this season
When Wednesday night goes horribly wrong for Pirlo, the next man in line is Tudor.
The Croat is currently an assistant and would fill the void while Juve looks for their next permanent boss.
It is not entirely unheard of in these circumstances for an interim manager to impress so much that they end up getting the job on a full-time basis – see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.
Tudor would become a popular nomination as a cult hero among Juventus fans and he has remained hugely popular since his eight seasons with the club.
But there would be skepticism about his competence as a manager at the highest level.
He has worked at Hajduk Split, PAOK, Karabükspor, Galatasaray and Udinese, but the job at Juventus would be a huge step forward so it is unlikely that he would get the role on a permanent basis, especially if the club will play the role all summer. has time to bring in a team. replacement.
Igor Tudor is a cult hero among Juventus fans and would act as interim manager should Pirlo leave
Allegri has a lot of credit in the bank in Turin and is reportedly already in talks about the possibility of returning to his old club.
Juventus is fighting for fourth place in Serie A and it would be a disaster to miss qualifying for the Champions League.
If Allegri were parachuted again, the club would have enormous confidence in a strong finish to the season.
Former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri could return to the dugout
He is still out of work and has thought carefully about his next move. Crucially, chairman Andrea Agnelli invited Allegri to watch Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Torino in the derby.
Allegri, 53, led Juve to five consecutive Serie A titles between 2014 and 2019, when the club decided to take a different direction with more ambitious, attractive football.
But Maurizio Sarri only lasted one term and Pirlo is hanging by a thread.
Reports in the Italian press claim that informal talks between the board have already started to bring Allegri back. It would be no surprise at all if that was the direction the club took next.
He likes a flashy suit and even more flashy football, so he could be a perfect fit for Juventus. He is listed by Betfair as just 6/1 to be the next permanent manager at the club.
Nagelsmann is a hot management property that cut its teeth at Hoffenheim and was subsequently impressed by RB Leipzig.
He is considered a prodigy in coaching terms and despite never enjoying a career as a player, he has a growing reputation.
The German may feel that there is a shelf life at Leipzig and that the chance to manage Cristiano Ronaldo and Co is almost too good to turn down.
That said, Nagelsmann will soon have his pick of big jobs with the European elite and he may see an aging Juventus team as a bad next choice.
Julian Nagelsmann is one of the most exciting management talents in a generation
The German led RB Leipzig impressively, but they are still out of pace in the Bundesliga
They are expected to win Serie A every year, so sky-high expectations leave little room for growth or failure.
If Juventus knocked on Nagelsmann’s door, they might sell the club to him instead of the other way around.
Leipzig is seven points behind leader Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and was well beaten by Liverpool in the Champions League last 16. It remains to be seen how far Nagelsmann thinks he can take the German upstart.
A Juventus legend who has played for the club 214 times over the course of five years from 2001.
Zidane’s Real Madrid side are still in the LaLiga title race and can never be written off in the Champions League, especially after their impressive 3-1 home win over Liverpool in the first leg of their quarter-final on Tuesday.
The Frenchman made some revealing comments about managing Juventus after that match.
He said with a reluctant smile, “Future at Juve? I do not know. For now I’m here, we’ll see.
Zinedine Zidane gave some revealing comments on the job at Juventus on Tuesday
The Frenchman is a club legend who has spent five years with the club since 2001
“Well, we’ll see,” he said earlier two months ago. Most importantly, I said to the other reporters, we are only focused on this season.
‘I just focus on the daily, today, tomorrow, the game. For the rest, I don’t know what’s going to happen. ‘
His comments will undoubtedly have warned those at the Italian club and it would be a logical next step for Zidane, who has achieved such success at Bernabeu.
There is a remodeling job to be done with the Spanish side and maybe Zidane thinks it’s a natural time to walk away this summer.
Wait a second? Guardiola is on track for the quadruple with Manchester City, he’s not exactly the obvious choice here …
But the bookies have him as a 6/1 favorite to take the next hot seat in Turin.
After conquering LaLiga with Barcelona, the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich and the Premier League with City, it would come as no surprise to see him ever end up at Juventus.
But it wouldn’t work in theory until the end of this season.
Pep Guardiola has led Manchester City into an exceptional season with the quadruple in play
Perhaps if City managed to hit an incredible quadruple, or even double up with the Premier League and Champions League, Guardiola might think it’s a natural time to go.
But on the other hand, he could feel that the Etihad dynasty has only really begun. He finally has a solid defense and should Erling Haaland come in, it is likely they will dominate British football again next season.
Last November, Guardiola extended his contract to 2023 and spoke about how happy he is at the club.
It would be a big coup if Juventus lured him to Italy and the timing doesn’t feel right.
Top managers do not grow on trees and timing often plays an important role in recruiting.
He is currently looking for his next opportunity and recently said: ‘I want to find a club with ambition, a club that is competing for titles or looking for a serious project that will lead to that later.
“I always say that the key to success is balance – both on the field between defense and attack, but also in the management of the club.”
Rafael Benitez is looking for his next chance after returning from his job in China
Juventus will be looking for a proven manager to keep the ship stable and if Allegri isn’t interested in coming back Benitez feels like a really solid option.
He is thought to prefer a return to the Premier League, but it feels unlikely that the Spaniard would reject Juventus if he were offered the job.
The 60-year-old recently worked in the Chinese Super League with Dalian and is content to take a moment to spend time with his family before the next offer lands on his lap.