Massimiliano Allegri has been well backed with several bookmakers to be the Chelsea manager next season, which would see him take over from Guus Hiddink in the summer. The current Juventus boss is on course to guide his side to the Serie A title once again, his second in a row since taking charge of the club in 2014.
Chelsea’s form this season has been much better since Hiddink took over from Jose Mourinho, who was sacked back in December. The Blues remain in the bottom half of the table, however, their recent run of results and performances both suggest they will finish much higher than their current position once the season is out.
When Hiddink returned to Stamford Bridge for his second spell, he signed a short-term contract until the end of the campaign, rather than a longer deal which would see him appointed as the permanent long-term manager. That would suggest the Dutchman has either been hired by club owner Roman Abramovich to see out what has been a forgettable season or he has to prove he is worthy of an extended contract.
The money behind Allegri becoming the next Chelsea manager would suggest the Italian is at the top of Abramovich’s shortlist. He is as of 9th February available at odds of 8-11 in the Premier Legaue betting for the Chelsea job.
Despite only being 48-years old, Allegri has taken charge of six different clubs in Italy, with experience of managing one of the big clubs in the country with AC Milan and now with Juventus.
The Italian first won the Serie A championship with Milan in 2011 and that was a double winning season for the club as he also guided his side to the Supercoppa Italiana. Three season later, Allegri was dismissed from his post midway through the campaign with Milan sat 11th in the Italian table.
After leaving Milan, the 48-year-old did not have to wait long for his next job in Italy as Juventus appointed him to replace Antonio Conte. In his first season with the Old Lady, he guided them to the league championship, while they also reached the final of the Champions League where they were beaten by Barcelona to finish as the runners-up in Europe’s premier competition.
Allegri was awarded the Serie A Coach of the Year award for the 2014/15 season and he was also included on the 10-man shortlist for the 2015 FIFA Coach of the Year.
Italian national team manager Conte has also been linked with Chelsea and a lot many depend on how Italy fare at Euro 2016 this summer with regards to his future. If the 1968 winners fail to reach the latter stages of the tournament, the former Juventus boss may be dismissed from his position. Conte is 3-1 to be appointed the next permanent Chelsea manager.
Conte has won the Serie A championship on three occasions with Juventus as his side were successful in Italy in 2012, 2013 and 2014 before he resigned. He accepted the Italy job in August 2014 after Cesare Prandelli stepped down following the World Cup in Brazil.
Italy qualified for Euro 2016 as winners of Group H during their qualification campaign under Conte.