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Who might step into Allegri’s shoes at Juventus?

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Could Antonio Conte be in the running for a return to Turin?

Massimiliano Allegri will leave his position as Juventus head coach at the end of the season.

The 51-year-old, who has won the Serie A title during each of his five years in charge, had a year remaining on the contract extension he signed in 2017 but he will not see it out as the Bianconeri continue in a different direction.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the contenders to replace Allegri at the Italian giants.

Antonio Conte

Chelsea v Manchester United – Emirates FA Cup – Final – Wembley Stadium
Antonio Conte is a proven winner (David Davies/PA)

Conte won the Premier League at the first time of asking with Chelsea and followed that up with an FA Cup success the next season, so he has proved himself to be a serial winner. He will be refreshed and refocused almost a year after leaving the Blues.

Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur v Everton – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that he could leave Tottenham (Steven Paston/PA)

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Pochettino has claimed he could leave Spurs if they won European club football’s biggest prize on June 1, although he did sign a new five-year contract last year. The Argentinian plays bright, attacking football and throughout his career has blooded young players but the fact he has not won a major trophy – yet – may work against him.

Didier Deschamps

Like Conte, another former Juventus midfielder and manager. Deschamps’ spell in charge of the club was short-lived but during his season at the helm he won the Serie B title and got the club promoted back to the top flight, following its demotion for match-fixing.

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The 50-year-old might not have been the most stylish of players, but his France team which won last year’s World Cup had it in spades. Deschamps also has club experience at Monaco and Marseille, but could he be tempted away from the France national team where he has a contract until 2020?

Pep Guardiola

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Pep Guardiola is on course for an unprecedented domestic treble in England (Nick Potts/PA)

Guardiola failed to win the Champions League at Bayern Munich and has yet to deliver it at Manchester City, with his last success in the competition coming with Barcelona in 2011.

Laurent Blanc

Chelsea v Paris Saint Germain – UEFA Champions League – Round of Sixteen – Second Leg – Stamford Bridge
Laurent Blanc has tasted success during his managerial career (Adam Davy/PA)

Blanc became France manager in 2010 and lost to eventual 2012 European Championship winners Spain at the quarter-final stage before stepping down after the tournament. Paris St Germain followed, where he won 11 trophies in three seasons before he left in 2016. The 53-year-old has not managed since.

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