Allegri keen to win over Juve fans

16 July 2014 03:02

Massimiliano Allegri vowed to continue the winning tradition at Juventus and earn the respect of the club's supporters during his unveiling as their new coach on Wednesday.

Allegri has taken over the reins following Antonio Conte's sudden departure and just seven months after being dismissed by AC Milan.

Conte surprisingly ended his three-year successful spell with the Turin giants on Tuesday, just one day into Juve's pre-season preparations.

"It was a bolt from the blue to receive the call yesterday (Tuesday)," Allegri told a press conference to announce his appointment. "For me it's an honour.

"I am aware of how important it is to coach at Juventus. I know what it's like to say yes to an important club like Juve is. I have been appointed by a club that is rich in history and tradition.

"From tomorrow I will start to work with the club and the team. I will try to contribute to the club achieving new victories."

Allegri has big shoes to fill because Conte, who joined Juve in 2011, was both successful and adored by the fans.

The former Juventus midfielder led the Turin outfit to a third consecutive title in the 2013/14 campaign and the club finished the season with a record 102 points in Serie A.

"It's an important motivation and an honour to continue to win," Allegri said.

"It certainly will not be easy to win a fourth straight scudetto but I am motivated to do so."

Allegri has signed a two-year contract although his appointment has not been welcomed by a section of Juve fans, who vented their frustration on social media sites.

"I understand the scepticism of the fans as in one day they have changed coach," Allegri said.

"This reaction is normal because Conte has represented Juve as a player and as coach.

"I will win them over with results, hard work, respect and professionalism. They will have a chance to get to know me."

The 46-year-old Allegri joined Milan in 2010 after two successful campaigns at Cagliari.

He led the Rossoneri to the scudetto in his first season in charge but endured a nightmare 2013/14 campaign, during which the San Siro club trailed Juve by as many as 30 points.

The Tuscan-born Allegri was shown the door in January and has been out of work ever since.

"Allegri has the ideal profile to replace Conte," Juve club administrator Giuseppe Marotta said.

"He has always proved he knows how to win, first at Sassuolo, then at Cagliari and at Milan, where he won the scudetto.

"With Conte we have achieved something historic that will remain always in the trophy cabinet of the club."

Marotta denied that Conte's departure had anything to do with a conflict with the club regarding the transfer market.

"We wanted to keep Conte but he had expressed his wish to leave," Marotta said.

"When he arrived for pre-season training, other problems emerged that had nothing to do with the club or the transfer market, but rather personal issues.

"We decided to terminate the contract by mutual consent and, hence, we arrived at the end of what has been an extraordinary experience."

Marotta confirmed that Conte's departure changes the club's targets in the transfer market.

"Obviously with a coaching change you need to stop and reflect, seeing as the ideas cannot be the same," he said.

"We have spoken (with Allegri) and we have made a list of ideal players."

One thing Juve will be looking for which Conte did not deliver is success in Europe.

"We need to try to play a great Champions League," Allegri said. "Juventus deserve to be among the top eight in Europe."

Source: PA