Massimiliano Allegri will apparently not be considered for the Chelsea job if Frank Lampard leaves as they continue their hunt for a German coach.
Miguel Delany of the Independent reported that the 53-year-old is not currently a candidate for the Chelsea position.
The Italian had been mentioned as part of the ongoing saga over Lampard’s possible replacement but it now seems he is out of the running.
Chelsea is eager to bring in a German-speaking manager, according to The Athletic. Julian Nagelsmann and Thomas Tuchel are leading the race, with Ralph Rangnick also in contention.
Allegri has been out of work since he left Juventus in 2019, having won five consecutive Serie A titles and four Coppa Italia’s.
He also guided the Old Lady to the 2015 Champions League final where they were defeated by Barcelona.
Rumours linking him to England have not just occurred out of thin air. In an interview with the Times last year, Allegri admitted that: “I would like to experience the Premier League.”
“In Italy, I was in Milan four years. Five years in Juventus. Now I expect (to work again) in Italy, but it is difficult, or in England.”
The Blues have prior experience of being led by an Italian. Antonio Conte and Carlo Ancelotti both won the league during their tenures, whilst Roberto Di Matteo and Maurizio Sarri achieved European success.
None of the aforementioned managers lasted longer than two seasons in charge, though, as Chelsea looked to change their model from top to bottom.
Lampard has been under fire throughout a string of poor results, the latest of which was a recent defeat to Leicester City.
The Independent did state that they didn’t want to bring in anyone on an interim basis, potentially giving Chelsea’s record goal scorer some more time to right any wrongs.
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It is certainly refreshing to see Chelsea try go down a different route in terms of managers, identifying exciting and young individuals such as Nagelsmann.
Although, I don’t see the harm in at least welcoming the idea of Allegri at the helm. Has a proven tract record at the highest level and his compatriots that have come before haven’t done too badly for themselves.
Plus, aside from Tuchel, he is the only option who isn’t currently tied down to any projects.