Thiago Motta Takes the Helm at Juventus: A New Era Begins

Thiago Motta has been appointed as the new head coach of Juventus, replacing Massimiliano Allegri. Motta, who led Bologna to an impressive fifth-place finish last season, signed a contract until 2027. Allegri was sacked due to behavior deemed incompatible with Juventus' values. Motta aims to continue his success at Juventus.

Reuters | Updated: 12-06-2024 22:55 IST | Created: 12-06-2024 22:55 IST
Thiago Motta Takes the Helm at Juventus: A New Era Begins

Juventus have appointed Thiago Motta as their new head coach to replace Massimiliano Allegri, the Serie A club said on Wednesday.

"Juventus is delighted to announce Thiago Motta as the new First Team head coach. The Italian-Brazilian has signed an agreement with the Club until June 30, 2027," Juventus said in a statement. Motta led Bologna to a Champions League place for the first time in their history in his second season at the club, and those exploits put him on the radar of many of Europe's top sides.

The 41-year-old won over Bologna fans with his brand of possession-based football, using an advanced press and building from the back, after initial scepticism when he replaced Sinisa Mihajlovic in September, 2022. His first managerial role at Genoa ended after just two months, and he then guided Spezia to Serie A survival in his single season in charge of the club.

At Bologna, Motta failed to win in his first four games in charge, but took them to a ninth-place finish in the 2022-23 season. They were last season's surprise package, losing six games as they finished fifth. "I am really happy to begin a new chapter at the helm of a great club like Juventus. I thank the owners and the management, who can be sure of my ambition to keep the Juventus flag flying high and to please the fans," Motta said.

Motta left Bologna

last month after opting not to renew his contract. Allegri was sacked on May 17 after his behaviour during and after the Coppa Italia final win over Atalanta was deemed "incompatible with the values of Juventus" by the club.

Allegri was sent off towards the end of the game for his fierce protests over refereeing decisions. After the game, the 56-year-old clashed with match officials, Juventus staff and a newspaper director, Italian media reported. Last season, Juventus again failed in their Scudetto bid. While they challenged eventual champions Inter Milan early in the campaign, their form faltered and their last 17 league games brought just three wins.

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