Source reveals Max Allegri reaction to succeeding Bielsa at Leeds

Date published: Wednesday 17th March 2021 9:58 - James Marshment

Massimiliano Allegri, former Juventus manager

Former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is reported to little interest in the concept of potentially succeeding Marcelo Bielsa as Leeds United manager, according to a trusted journalist.

Bielsa has done an incredible job at Leeds and is held in the highest of esteem by fans and club officials. Having taken Leeds from mid-table obscurity in the Championship, United now look a stable Premier League side.

Bielsa’s contract with the Whites is due to expire this summer and while he has hinted he will pen another rolling deal nothing has been finalised as yet.

Bielsa said last month: “I don’t imagine for my professional future.

“But there is nothing better than what Leeds represent as a job. Given how the club is and the principles that they have. Due to the public, the stadium, the fans because due to the project the club is undertaking, due to the knowledge I have and the people here, there is a lot of knowledge I have accumulated.

“Due to being integrated to the city and also to this region in England and also what surrounds it, Yorkshire.”

However, the Argentinian will also be 66 this summer and chairman Andrea Radrizzani is making plans should he call it quits.

A number of names have been linked as a potential successor to Bielsa at Elland Road. Indeed, reports in Portugal earlier this month claimed Sporting Lisbon’s coach had emerged as a candidate.

In addition, ambitious reports this week have also touted former Juve coach Allegri as a successor. The Italian – regarded as one of the game’s most-respected coaches – has been without a job since leaving Turin in summer 2019.

However, trusted journalist Duncan Castles claims it’s unlikely Leeds will be his next port of call. That’s because the former AC Milan coach only has eyes for the absolute top dogs in European football.

Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, Castles claims Allegri is also being linked with another Serie A post.

“It doesn’t look like Allegri will be convinced in this case [of Leeds],” Castles said.

“The information I have from people close to him is that an approach was made. However, it didn’t particularly excite him. He has an offer from AS Roma at present. Their new owners wanted him to come back to Italian football and coach there. But he said no thank you.”

Allegri – who has previously been linked with Man Utd and Chelsea – only wants one of the elite jobs.

“As we’ve said before, he’s waiting for one of the biggest jobs in world football. He wants a club at the very top level who he can win the Champions League with.”

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Bielsa does not think he has ‘triumphed’

Speaking of his achievements as Leeds boss, Bielsa added: “I don’t think I have triumphed in this job. The word triumph is something which evades me.

Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds Utd manager

“To have been promoted, it was very difficult not to achieve this because the level of the team deserved it. Once we are in the Premier League, if we had come to the Premier League and been 10th, 9th, 8th, 7th or 6th, to have achieved this would have been a valuable achievement, but we’re not.

“We haven’t been regularly in these positions. I don’t think anyone can describe it as a successful [period].

“Not many managers in football who have the legitimacy to stay in a job as long as they like. There may be more coaches with more merit than I have.”

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