I turned around, and disappeared for a while." - Arsenal watching? - A promising midfielder with newly-promoted Pescara , Italian media reports at the time described how Allegri had "dribbled his way around everybody". But the Capuchin monk who thought it was a "joke" when Allegri's father called to cancel the wedding offers a glimpse of Allegri's penchant for going on instinct. "Not every cloud has a silver lining," Ermenegildo said in an interview with Corriere della Sera on June 30, 1992. "It was better now than later." His ex-fiancee's family are unlikely to agree, but swapping wedding vows for a commitment to the beautiful game has paid dividends. Despite spending the bulk of his career moving up and down Italy's top flight with smaller clubs like Perugia and Pescara, Allegri has never lacked self-belief. Nicknamed 'Acciuga' (Anchovy) due to his coastal origins, and a lithe physique that "enabled him to "wriggle" through opposition defences, Allegri is particularly appreciated by mentor and former coach Giovanni Galeone. "He walked in on his tiptoes, but quickly led the dressing room," Galeone said in a 2015 interview with goal.com. "We'd signed a great player who was focused, and respectful." Scoring 12 goals from midfield in 32 appearances for Pescara the season after he decided not to marry was Allegri's finest in Italy's top flight. When it ended in 2003, he worked through the ranks before leading Sassuolo into Serie B in 2008. After a two-year spell at Cagliari, a move to AC Milan in 2010 saw Allegri end the Rossoneri's seven-year wait for the scudetto in his first season in charge.
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