Former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri reportedly offered his services to the defending Bundesliga champions, only to have his offer rebuffed.
Allegri was in charge of Juventus for five years before the two parted ways at the end of the 2018/19 season. The Italian guided the club to five Serie A titles, four Coppa Italia victories and two unsuccessful trips to the Champions League final.
As Newcastle United's takeover creeps ever closer to completion, the Magpies' new owners have drawn up a four-man managerial shortlist, which, alongside proven Premier League coaches, includes Allegri.
However, the soon-to-be-monied Newcastle were clearly not Allegri's first-choice destination as the 52-year-old already approached Bayern Munich, according to the French publication le10sport.com. If the proposal was made though, Bayern didn't take Allegri up on his offer as the Bavarian behemoths promoted their interim manager to give Hansi Flick the permanent position in early April.
While Allegri's next position may not lie in Germany, Newcastle will still have to compete with Paris Saint-Germain for the services of the trophy-laden Italian. The Ligue 1 leaders have been in contact with Allegri for over a year and their current manager Thomas Tuchel - who was, incidentally, linked with the Bayern Munich job, enters the final year of his contract next season.
Should Newcastle fail to tempt Allegri to Tyneside the reported £150m transfer budget, which the club's potential owners have supposedly sanctioned this summer, may attract another high-profile appointment. Allegri's former Serie A rival Luciano Spalletti has also been linked with the managerial post at St James' Park along with countless notable players.
Newcastle's new ownership may rank as one of the richest in the Premier League but how much of that wealth they will dip into, given the economic instability which will undoubtedly follow the coronavirus pandemic (plus the restraints of FFP rules) is impossible to say.
Source : 90min