A PREMIER LEAGUE switch is on Massimiliano Allegri’s mind after over a year out of the game.
Countless clubs have been linked with the Italian, 53, since he called time on a highly-successful spell with Juventus.
Massimiliano Allegri is eyeing a return to the dugoutCredit: Reuters
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job at Manchester United is always up for speculationCredit: Getty Images – Getty
A return to management is next on the agenda for Allegri, who believes England or Italy are the most likely destinations for his next move.
He told The Times: “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.”
Allegri has been one of the most speculated-about coaches in the game since his departure.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United are certainly one of the most discussed clubs when it comes to changing manager, such is the pressure on the Norwegian.
Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s exit from Old Trafford, the club have struggled to consistently win trophies.
But Allegri is not surprised by how tough the Red Devils are finding it, with Arsenal also still finding their way post-Arsene Wenger.
The six-time Serie A winner insisted that Pep Guardiola’s job at a ‘virgin’ club such as Manchester City makes it easier to mould the side to the manager’s identity.
He added: “It’s difficult to change the history of the club.
“For example, Manchester United played for 50 years the same style. When [Louis] Van Gaal arrived, he had a different mentality.
“Van Gaal wanted to play with possession. But Manchester United are ‘get in the box, attack, attack, cross, cross’.
“Arsenal are different to United. In Italy, the same, Juventus different to Milan.”
Guardiola can work with a ‘virgin’ club and has the possibility to work his own way.
He added: “Manchester City don’t have a big history like United, so Guardiola can work with a ‘virgin’ club and has the possibility to work his own way.
“For me, English football is improving now because there are a lot of foreign trainers.
“There are more tactics compared to ten years ago. England now is more sophisticated, and more tactical, but is also respecting the tradition of English football.
“It’s a good balance of the spirit of English football and the new quality and new tactical approach of the new coaches.”
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