Boss fired by Cellino, and reported to have been Leeds target just one step from Champions League final

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Massimo Allegri overcame being fired by Leeds owner Massimo Cellino en route to his current success.

Juventus are just one game away from reaching the Champions League final, after beating Real Madrid in the semi-final first leg.

It would be a remarkable achievement for controversial appointment Massimo Allegri, who took over last summer after Antonio Conte's surprise resignation.

Allegri had been fired by AC Milan months earlier, and the move did not appear to be an upgrade on Conte, who went onto be appointed as Italy boss.

Milan was not the first role Allegri was fired from. He worked under current Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino at Cagliari, but fell victim to the inevitable axe.

Cellino had hired Allegri at Cagliari in 2008, only to be fired two years later with the club a respectable 12th in Serie A. One of the men to replace him was Gianluca Festa as an assistant, who was linked with Leeds last summer, and now is the current head coach of the club.

Back early 2014 after his sacking by Milan, Football Italia even reported Cellino had approached Allegri about taking over from Brian McDermott at Leeds United. He was, as the report claimed, met with a swift rejection.

That decision to snub Leeds and wait for a better offer certainly has worked out well. There is every chance he would have been fired again by Cellino by now, and instead he is managing Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez in the Champions League semi-final, and has already wrapped up the Serie A title.

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