MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI ruled himself out of the running for the Chelsea job reportedly because he would not have total control over the club’s transfer policy.
The Blues are on the hunt for a new manager after Maurizio Sarri was given permission to join Juventus in a £7million deal after just one season in charge at Stamford Bridge.
1 Massimiliano Allegri is set to take a year out of football after leaving JuventusCredit: Reuters
Allegri topped the list of potential replacements after winning five consecutive Serie A titles with Juventus before he decided to leave in May.
But rather than make a move to the Premier League, Allegri revealed he would take a year off and leave the way clear for Chelsea legend Frank Lampard to take over.
That decision was brought about because he would not have had freedom to organise transfers, according to ESPN reporter Paolo Bandini.
Chelsea could be unable to sign any new players this summer after being handed a two-window transfer ban, although the club has lodged an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
But that case will not be heard before this summer’s transfer window closes on August 8, giving a new manager no hope of finding a replacement for talisman Eden Hazard following his £150m move to Real Madrid.
In those circumstances, ESPN’s Bandini claimed the Chelsea job isn’t “attractive to big managers” such as Allegri.
He said: “Max Allegri was discussed as a possible target for it.
“My understanding was he wasn’t so keen to go to a club where he wouldn’t have control over transfers, where he wouldn’t have the opportunity to go out after targets he wanted.”
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Allegri’s decision to snub Chelsea will fuel speculation that Lampard is set to make a sensational return to the club where he is still record goalscorer.
The current Derby manager is reported to have spoken with Blues owner Roman Abramovich, who has assured him he will be given at least two years to prove himself in the role.
Abromovich is understood to have called Lampard to assure him of the grace period, with Lampard agreeing to take the job after just one season in charge at Derby.