From reports of a disagreement between Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and the club's officials, rumours have started to grow regarding who could replace the massively successful Italian football coach.
Bookmakers are following the story as they do with most occurrences in sport, and their pricing of EVENS for Massimiliano Allegri to become next Inter Milan manager only strengthens claims that his time in Turin could be cut short in the coming months.
Another indication of the situation at the club is reflected in the Next Juventus Manager Odds Market, where we're able to see the likely candidates to take on the role if Allegri ends up being cast aside as expected.
The whole saga must be as bad as it sounds from the Italian journalists offering insight, as Juventus are fifteen points clear at the top of the Serie A and sit as second favourites for the Champions League after a stunning comeback against Atletico Madrid in the Round of 16, leaving what must be a massive issue if it's enough to see the end to Allegri's stint as manager.
Their last fixture resulted as a 2-0 defeat away to Genoa, where the side looked inept without Cristiano Ronaldo in the side, which shouldn't be the case after the world class forward only joined the club last summer. Signing the five-time Champions League winner has driven a lot of football fans to the club, with it affecting those in attendance at Genoa last weekend, and adding more weight to the problems behind the scenes at Juventus:
Pep Guardiola favourite to become next Juventus manager
After standing as one of the all-time most successful managers at Barcelona and continuing this form at both Bayern Munich and Manchester City, Pep Guardiola is the unsurprising favourite for becoming next Juventus manager at odds of 5/2.
He dismissed any links between him and Juventus, claiming that he would only leave Manchester City if the club sacked him, but if the opportunity officially arose, it's hard to imagine Pep Guardiola ruling out the option of winning all there is to claim in a fourth country after being so impressive in Spain, Germany and England.
Possessing a price as short as 5/2 is a clear sign of how likely Pep Guardiola would be to take the job - as well as the level of interest Juventus would have over signing the Spaniard - but with hopes of winning a quadruple this season, there's a lot of doubts over whether he would leave the empire he's building at the Etihad, especially with the necessary funding behind him.
Former Juve manager Antonio Conte linked with a return to Turin
Still jobless since being dismissed as Chelsea manager back in 2018, Antonio Conte is second favourite at odds of 10/3. He's been calculated in choosing his next move after reportedly turning down plenty of Europe's biggest clubs, but a return to Juventus isn't entirely hard to believe.
A crackdown on match fixing in Italy affected all of Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio, Reggina and Juventus in 2006, with Juventus facing the harshest punishment as they were relegated to Serie B. Lazio and Fiorentina were originally meant to join them but managed to overturned the decision, leaving Juve as the only Italian club with an uncertain fate.
Their top place position in the Serie A was changed to Juve being bottom of the table, but even their immediate return in the next season didn't see the same standard coming with them, finishing 3rd, 2nd, and 7th twice. Former player Antonio Conte stood up to the plate to take on the task of getting Juventus back to their level, doing exactly that in winning three successive league titles.
He only left the club in order to take on a new task as Italy manager, returning to club management with Chelsea two years later, where he won the Premier League and the FA Cup over a two-year period. The decision to sack Antonio Conte is still a questionable one, so he has every reason to move back to Turin in the event of Massimiliano Allegri being made vacant from the role.
Alternative options for The Old Lady, including a 66/1 shout for Gattuso
As bookmakers price Antonio Conte at 2/1 to become Inter Milan manager, the former Juve boss is far from set on a return to the club. This factor leaves an opportunity for other short-priced options to take his place, Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone at 6/1, former PSG boss Laurent Blanc at 10/1, both Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti priced at 12/1, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino at 14/1, and Germany coach Joachim Low priced at 16/1.
All of Jupp Heynckes, Luciano Spalletti, Arsene Wenger, Marcelo Bielsa, and Euesbio Di Francesco are given odds of 33/1. Fabio Capello, Roberto Martinez, Guus Hiddink, Fabio Cannavaro and Zinedine Zidane are also handed the same price, all at 50/1, with the largest price handed to AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso, currently set at 66/1.
Out of the many outsiders, it's unlikely that Fabio Capello would return to Turin after leaving the club for Real Madrid when they were relegated. As for Roberto Martinez, he surely wouldn't be handed such a large job even after his efforts with Belgium in the 2018 World Cup, and any chance of Zinedine Zidane is massively unlikely, as we can't see him taking on another job after only recently returning to Real Madrid.
It's extremely easy to cancel out any chance of Gennaro Gattuso being tempted by the job after always being aggressively faithful to AC Milan, but it's assumed he's primarily linked due to Massimiliano Allegri himself being a former manager of the Rossoneri. The most worthwhile shouts could be Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti at 12/1, experienced former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger at 33/1, or former Juve star Fabio Cannavaro at 50/1.
Claiming that the Genoa defeat was 'a good game to lose', Massimiliano Allegri has been judged as arrogant by some, but also admittedly calm under the immense pressure of potentially losing the best job in Italy.
However you judge his current attitude as Juventus manager, there's no doubting the calm and collected manner that he's approaching this season, with the turnaround against Atletico Madrid being a sign of that.
There's a slim chance that he could opt to stay at the club and that Juventus will want him to continue his work, especially if he manages to win the Champions League this season, but you can't discredit the former AC Milan boss from how he's attempting to complete the term.