Maurizio Sarri’s 14-month reign at Juventus is over after the Italian was sacked following the club’s Champions League elimination by Lyon on Friday.
Juve’s hierarchy are desperate to succeed in Europe’s elite competition and fans too will have high expectations of the next manager. Sportsmail takes a look at the candidates joining Pochettino in the running to be the club’s next permanent boss with the latest odds from Betfair.
Maurizio Sarri has been sacked after Juventus were dumped out of the Champions League
The club won the Serie A title for the ninth season in a row but were beaten by Lyon in Europe
Mauricio Pochettino – available – 7/4
Pochettino has been out of work since he was sacked by Tottenham last November.
The 48-year-old failed to win a trophy during his five-year spell in north London but guided the club to their first Champions League final in 2019 and won several admirers for his exciting brand of football.
Sportsmail reported last month that the coach could be in-line to replace Sarri with Juve having reportedly already met his representatives.
Mauricio Pochettion is one of the leading candidates to replace Sarri as the next manager
Simone Inzaghi – Lazio – 10/3
After mounting a serious title challenge before the coronavirus suspension, Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio fell apart in the final stages of the season.
But the manager achieved the club’s goal at the start of the season – qualification for the Champions League – and his side have played some impressive football, with Ciro Immboile picking up the European Golden Shoe.
Lazio also beat Juve to the Supercoppa Italiana with a 2-1 victory in December and the 44-year-old has more than proved his credentials.
He has one year left to run on his contract and is yet to agree a new deal.
Simone Inzaghi led Lazio to Champions League qualification ahead of the 2020-2021 season
Massimiliano Allegri – available – 6/1
He only left Juve a year ago but Massimiliano Allegri could be in-line to make a sensational return to Turin.
The manager won five Serie A titles in five years and took the club to two Champions League finals, finishing runners-up on both occasions.
If Allegri took over at the club again it would replicate Marcelo Lippi’s two cycles at Juve, with the manager leaving in 1999 only to take over again in 2001.
The 52-year-old has been linked with several jobs since leaving the club but has remained out of work and could consider a move back to his former side.
Massimiliano Allegri has been out of work since leaving the Serie A club just over a year ago
Zinedine Zidane – Real Madrid – 15/2
Alongside Pochettino, Zidane is one of the leading candidates being considered by the Serie A side.
Sportsmail reported last month that Juve chairman Andrea Agnelli was willing to offer Zidane £7million to take over and lead the club to Champions League glory.
The Italians have retained a close relationship with the Real Madrid boss, who famously represented the club between 1996 and 2001, and they would not have to pay the LaLiga side a fee to free the Frenchman from his contract – which ends in 2022.
Zidane himself said in 2016: ‘With Juventus there is something special: it was important for me, one day I could coach in Turin, you never know.’
The 48-year-old returned to Real in March 2019, after leaving his managerial role after winning his third successive Champions League in 2018. The Spanish side beat Barcelona to the LaLiga title but were dumped out of Europe by Manchester City on Friday.
Former Juve star Zinedine Zidane is one of the leading candidates the club are considering
Gian Piero Gasperini – Atalanta – 10/1
One manager who knows a thing about attacking football is Atalanta’s Gian Piero Gasperini.
His side managed an impressive 98 goals in Serie A last season, the most of any side in the division, and they remain in the Champions League with the club set to face Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter finals.
Gasperini took over at the Italian club in 2016 and has finished in the Champions League spots on three occasions.
The 62-year-old has a contract until 2022 and would likely be difficult to prize away from his current side.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta side scored an impressive 98 goals in Serie A last season
Pep Guardiola – Manchester City – 12/1
Had Manchester City’s Champions League ban been upheld, Pep Guardiola would perhaps have been a more realistic candidate.
The coach has previously pledged his future to the Premier League side and has already began rebuilding his squad with Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres becoming his first signings of the summer.
Managing in Serie A may be something the 49-year-old considers in the future but he looks likely to remain with City, at least for another season.
Pep Guardiola is yet to manage in Italy but has previously pledged his future to Man City
Antonio Conte – Inter Milan – 16/1
Another former Juve player and manager, Antonio Conte is an experienced face among Europe’s leading coaches.
The 51-year-old won 13 trophies in 13 years as a player and added four more as a manager. But he was unable to bring them success in Europe and has failed to win the Champions League at any of the other clubs he has coached.
The former Chelsea boss has not been afraid to hide his frustration with the Inter board, suggesting they should have provided more protection to his squad when they received criticism earlier in the season.
But he is likely to only be an option Juve would consider if they were unable to land one of their top targets.
Antonio Conte has enjoyed success with Juve but has never won the Champions League