Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri pays tribute to Leeds owner Massimo Cellino

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Allegri credits Leeds owner Cellino as part of the reason he enjoyed his time at Cagliari earlier in his career.

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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has hailed Leeds owner Massimo Cellino, citing him as one of the reasons he remembers his time at Cagliari so fondly.

Speaking to Goal Italy this week, Allegri spoke favourably of his time at the club despite being one of a staggering 36 coaches to be fired by Cellino during his ownership of Cagliari.

He said: "I had a great relationship with the team, which I was very attached to, because it was the first great team, above all that gave me great results and thanks to them then I could start a major career. "

"I am very attached to Sardinia and Cagliari. I will always be grateful to Cagliari, the president Cellino and these people. Here I feel at home."

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Allegri was manager at Cagliari as recently as between 2008 and 2010, with his two seasons in charge a lengthy spell by Cellino standards, before he was fired and replaced with Gianluca Festa despite the team sitting 12th in Serie A.

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The 48-year-old was then hired by AC Milan and won the Serie A title the following year in 2010/11, and has now won the last two Scudettos with Juventus, also taking them to the Champions League final last season where they were narrowly beaten by Barcelona.

While he still holds Cellino in high regard, his success should be a lesson for the controversial Leeds owner, that given time and the right support, managers can achieve greatness, and sacking him could be the Italian's biggest mistake of all.

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