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Allegri going nowhere following mass resignation of Juventus board, says Elkann

SoccerNews in Serie A 29 Nov 2022

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Massimiliano Allegri will remain at Juventus following the resignation of the club’s entire board, according to John Elkann, chief executive of the club’s majority ownership group Exor.

After an emergency meeting on Monday, Juve announced key figures including president Andrea Agnelli, vice-president Pavel Nedved and managing director Maurizio Arrivabene had all quit their roles.

The exodus comes amid an investigation into tax fraud allegations – which the Bianconeri have denied, and follows the club’s registration of record €254.3million losses for 2021-22.

While LaLiga has called on UEFA to apply “immediate sporting sanctions” to the Bianconeri, Exor chief Elkann has moved to allay fears the boardroom turmoil may impact on-pitch matters.

“Massimiliano Allegri remains the point of reference in the Juventus sports area,” Elkann said.

“We are counting on him and on the whole team to continue winning as they have shown they can do in the last few [match] days, keeping our goals high on the pitch.”

Elkann also paid tribute to Agnelli’s achievements as Juve president, adding: “I want to thank my cousin Andrea for giving us extraordinary emotions, which we will never forget.

“In these 12 years, we have won so much. The credit is mainly his, as well as the women and men who have achieved memorable goals under his leadership.

“Our history speaks of victories and gives us the strength we need precisely in these moments. With the support and affection of our fans, we have the opportunity to build an extraordinary future.”

Allegri, who faced serious scrutiny after overseeing Juve’s group-stage exit from the Champions League earlier this campaign, joined Elkann in praising Agnelli’s work in Turin.

“It is always very positive to feel the closeness of the shareholders, and therefore I thank John Elkann for these words,” he said.

“In recent years of work, passion and victories, I have always been able to count on the support of Andrea Agnelli, to whom I am bound by a friendship that will not end with the end of his presidency.”

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