Maurizio Sarri and Max Allegri are reportedly being seen by Roma as potential candidates to replace current boss Paulo Fonseca.

After Roma spectacularly crashed out of the Coppa Italia to Spezia on Tuesday, in a game that had six goals, two red cards in 30 seconds, and a bizarre breach of substitution, pressure continues to mount on Fonseca.

Spezia’s defeat capped off a miserable few days for Roma fans, with the result coming after bitter rivals Lazio defeated them 3-0 in the Rome derby last Friday.

The Giallorossi are also nine points behind league leaders AC Milan and reports in Italy claim that a change of management is being considered.

Allegri and Sarri are the two leading candidates, according to La Gazzetta Dello Sport, who are considered for the role with both men out of work at the moment.

After winning the Scudetto, Sarri was sacked by Juventus last summer, but his failure to reach last season’s Champions League quarter-finals ultimately cost him his job.

Allegri, who was replaced at Juventus by Sarri in 2019, has not managed since leaving the club and has been linked in recent months to the managerial hot seats at Manchester United, Chelsea, and PSG, but has continued to take time out.

During his time at Juve, Allegri won five Serie A titles back to back while also dominating the Coppa Italia, winning the cup competition on four different occasions.

Sarri’s CV is not as stacked as his compatriot’s, but he has a Serie A championship to his Juve name and a medal for the champions of the Europa League that rounded off Chelsea’s underwhelming spell.

As a manager, Allegri has yet to win a European trophy.


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