Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, says he will wait until the end of the season before returning to management following links to the Arsenal managerial position.
Allegri is one of the managers being considered for the Arsenal manager’s job after the sacking of Unai Emery, Sky Sports News understands.
Arsenal are currently on a run of nine consecutive games without a win in all competitions, their worst since 1977.
On Thursday night they lost 2-1 to Brighton and Hove Albion at the Emirates, which was Brighton’s first-ever away win against the Gunners.
But Allegri has come out to state he is not in a rush to go back to coaching, that when he does return he wants to be ready to hit the ground running.
“I don’t know if you can call it a sabbatical or not,” Allegri told ESPN FC.
“As soon as the relationship with Juventus came to an end, the decision was to take a year out.
“Next year will be an important year. Important for the choice I end up making and the need to be prepared for it.
“After a year out and five years at Juventus, I don’t want to go back into the game and do badly.”
Allegri joined AC Milan in 2010 from Cagliari and won the Serie A title with the Rossoneri in his first season.
The 52-year-old left Milan for Juventus in 2014 and went on to win five straight Serie A titles.
He also took Juventus to the final of the UEFA Champions League in 2015 and 2017 but lost to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.11 BUSINESS NUGGETS FROM SUPER EAGLES BRONZE MEDAL TRIUMPH. The content of this ebook will propel you above your competition. DOWNLOAD NOW!!!