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Juventus appoints Montero as interim coach for final 2 matches after Allegri fired

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Juventus appoints Montero as interim coach for final 2 matches after Allegri fired
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Juventus appoints Montero as interim coach for final 2 matches after Allegri fired

2024-05-19 19:08 Last Updated At:19:10

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus Under-19 coach Paolo Montero will take charge of the senior team for the final two matches of the season after Massimiliano Allegri was fired last week.

The 52-year-old Montero, who played for the Bianconeri, has never coached a Serie A team but Juventus announced on Sunday that he would make the step up for the final two league matches.

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Paolo Montero stands by the bench in Sassuolo, Italy, on June 2, 2023. Juventus Under-19 coach Paolo Montero will take charge of the senior team for the final two matches of the season after Massimiliano Allegri was fired last week. The 52-year-old Montero has never coached a Serie A team and will take charge of his first training session on Sunday before the team plays at Bologna the following day. (Spada/LaPresse via AP)

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus Under-19 coach Paolo Montero will take charge of the senior team for the final two matches of the season after Massimiliano Allegri was fired last week.

Paolo Montero gives instructions in Sassuolo, Italy, on June 2, 2023. Juventus Under-19 coach Paolo Montero will take charge of the senior team for the final two matches of the season after Massimiliano Allegri was fired last week. The 52-year-old Montero has never coached a Serie A team and will take charge of his first training session on Sunday before the team plays at Bologna the following day. (Spada/LaPresse via AP)

Paolo Montero gives instructions in Sassuolo, Italy, on June 2, 2023. Juventus Under-19 coach Paolo Montero will take charge of the senior team for the final two matches of the season after Massimiliano Allegri was fired last week. The 52-year-old Montero has never coached a Serie A team and will take charge of his first training session on Sunday before the team plays at Bologna the following day. (Spada/LaPresse via AP)

FILE - Juventus' head coach Massimiliano Allegri throws away his tie in anger as he leaves the pitch after getting a red card during the Italian Cup final soccer match between Atalanta and Juventus at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Juventus fired coach Massimiliano Allegri on Friday, May 17, 2024 for his ugly outburst toward the referees in the Italian Cup final. Juventus has two games left in Serie A but Allegri was due to miss them following a two-game suspension for his Cup final behavior on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

FILE - Juventus' head coach Massimiliano Allegri throws away his tie in anger as he leaves the pitch after getting a red card during the Italian Cup final soccer match between Atalanta and Juventus at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Juventus fired coach Massimiliano Allegri on Friday, May 17, 2024 for his ugly outburst toward the referees in the Italian Cup final. Juventus has two games left in Serie A but Allegri was due to miss them following a two-game suspension for his Cup final behavior on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

FILE - Juventus' head coach Massimiliano Allegri throws away his tie in anger as he leaves the pitch after getting a red card during the Italian Cup final soccer match between Atalanta and Juventus at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Juventus fired coach Massimiliano Allegri on Friday, May 17, 2024 for his ugly outburst toward the referees in the Italian Cup final. Juventus has two games left in Serie A but Allegri was due to miss them following a two-game suspension for his Cup final behavior on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

FILE - Juventus' head coach Massimiliano Allegri throws away his tie in anger as he leaves the pitch after getting a red card during the Italian Cup final soccer match between Atalanta and Juventus at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Juventus fired coach Massimiliano Allegri on Friday, May 17, 2024 for his ugly outburst toward the referees in the Italian Cup final. Juventus has two games left in Serie A but Allegri was due to miss them following a two-game suspension for his Cup final behavior on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

FILE - Juventus' head coach Massimiliano Allegri throws away his tie in anger as he leaves the pitch after getting a red card during the Italian Cup final soccer match between Atalanta and Juventus at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Juventus fired coach Massimiliano Allegri on Friday, May 17, 2024 for his ugly outburst toward the referees in the Italian Cup final. Juventus has two games left in Serie A but Allegri was due to miss them following a two-game suspension for his Cup final behavior on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

FILE - Juventus' head coach Massimiliano Allegri throws away his tie in anger as he leaves the pitch after getting a red card during the Italian Cup final soccer match between Atalanta and Juventus at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Juventus fired coach Massimiliano Allegri on Friday, May 17, 2024 for his ugly outburst toward the referees in the Italian Cup final. Juventus has two games left in Serie A but Allegri was due to miss them following a two-game suspension for his Cup final behavior on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Montero will take charge of his first training session on Sunday before the team plays at Bologna the following day. Juventus ends the season at home to Monza next weekend.

Allegri was fired on Friday for his ugly outburst toward the referees in last week’s Italian Cup final. The coach was also reportedly aggressive toward journalists after the match and Juventus said his behavior was not in line with its “values.”

Juventus is fourth in Serie A and has already qualified for next season’s Champions League but before Wednesday’s Italian Cup victory it hadn’t won any of its previous six matches and there was speculation that Allegri’s contract –which was set to expire at the end of next season – would be ended a year early.

Montero, a former defender, played nearly 300 matches for Juventus between 1996 and 2005 and has coached the Under-19 team for the past two years.

The Uruguayan also coached several teams in Argentina.

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Paolo Montero stands by the bench in Sassuolo, Italy, on June 2, 2023. Juventus Under-19 coach Paolo Montero will take charge of the senior team for the final two matches of the season after Massimiliano Allegri was fired last week. The 52-year-old Montero has never coached a Serie A team and will take charge of his first training session on Sunday before the team plays at Bologna the following day. (Spada/LaPresse via AP)

Paolo Montero stands by the bench in Sassuolo, Italy, on June 2, 2023. Juventus Under-19 coach Paolo Montero will take charge of the senior team for the final two matches of the season after Massimiliano Allegri was fired last week. The 52-year-old Montero has never coached a Serie A team and will take charge of his first training session on Sunday before the team plays at Bologna the following day. (Spada/LaPresse via AP)

Paolo Montero gives instructions in Sassuolo, Italy, on June 2, 2023. Juventus Under-19 coach Paolo Montero will take charge of the senior team for the final two matches of the season after Massimiliano Allegri was fired last week. The 52-year-old Montero has never coached a Serie A team and will take charge of his first training session on Sunday before the team plays at Bologna the following day. (Spada/LaPresse via AP)

Paolo Montero gives instructions in Sassuolo, Italy, on June 2, 2023. Juventus Under-19 coach Paolo Montero will take charge of the senior team for the final two matches of the season after Massimiliano Allegri was fired last week. The 52-year-old Montero has never coached a Serie A team and will take charge of his first training session on Sunday before the team plays at Bologna the following day. (Spada/LaPresse via AP)

FILE - Juventus' head coach Massimiliano Allegri throws away his tie in anger as he leaves the pitch after getting a red card during the Italian Cup final soccer match between Atalanta and Juventus at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Juventus fired coach Massimiliano Allegri on Friday, May 17, 2024 for his ugly outburst toward the referees in the Italian Cup final. Juventus has two games left in Serie A but Allegri was due to miss them following a two-game suspension for his Cup final behavior on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

FILE - Juventus' head coach Massimiliano Allegri throws away his tie in anger as he leaves the pitch after getting a red card during the Italian Cup final soccer match between Atalanta and Juventus at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Juventus fired coach Massimiliano Allegri on Friday, May 17, 2024 for his ugly outburst toward the referees in the Italian Cup final. Juventus has two games left in Serie A but Allegri was due to miss them following a two-game suspension for his Cup final behavior on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

FILE - Juventus' head coach Massimiliano Allegri throws away his tie in anger as he leaves the pitch after getting a red card during the Italian Cup final soccer match between Atalanta and Juventus at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Juventus fired coach Massimiliano Allegri on Friday, May 17, 2024 for his ugly outburst toward the referees in the Italian Cup final. Juventus has two games left in Serie A but Allegri was due to miss them following a two-game suspension for his Cup final behavior on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

FILE - Juventus' head coach Massimiliano Allegri throws away his tie in anger as he leaves the pitch after getting a red card during the Italian Cup final soccer match between Atalanta and Juventus at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Juventus fired coach Massimiliano Allegri on Friday, May 17, 2024 for his ugly outburst toward the referees in the Italian Cup final. Juventus has two games left in Serie A but Allegri was due to miss them following a two-game suspension for his Cup final behavior on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

FILE - Juventus' head coach Massimiliano Allegri throws away his tie in anger as he leaves the pitch after getting a red card during the Italian Cup final soccer match between Atalanta and Juventus at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Juventus fired coach Massimiliano Allegri on Friday, May 17, 2024 for his ugly outburst toward the referees in the Italian Cup final. Juventus has two games left in Serie A but Allegri was due to miss them following a two-game suspension for his Cup final behavior on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

FILE - Juventus' head coach Massimiliano Allegri throws away his tie in anger as he leaves the pitch after getting a red card during the Italian Cup final soccer match between Atalanta and Juventus at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Juventus fired coach Massimiliano Allegri on Friday, May 17, 2024 for his ugly outburst toward the referees in the Italian Cup final. Juventus has two games left in Serie A but Allegri was due to miss them following a two-game suspension for his Cup final behavior on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is joining several African leaders on Thursday to kick off a planned $1 billion project to accelerate the rollout of vaccines in Africa, after the coronavirus pandemic exposed gaping inequalities in access to them.

The launch of the African Vaccine Manufacturing Accelerator, which will provide financial incentives to vaccine manufacturers, offered a momentary break for Macron from domestic political concerns as legislative elections loom on June 30 and July 7.

Many African leaders and advocacy groups say Africa was unfairly locked out of access to COVID-19 treatment tools, vaccines and testing equipment — that many richer countries bought up in huge quantities — after the pandemic swept the world starting in 2020.

WHO, advocacy groups and others want to help Africa get better prepared for the next pandemic, which many health experts say is inevitable. When the coronavirus pandemic began, South Africa was the only country in Africa with any ability to produce vaccines, officials say, and the continent produced a tiny fraction of all vaccines worldwide.

WHO failed in its efforts to help countries agree to a “pandemic treaty” — to improve preparedness and response to pandemics — before its annual meeting last month. The project was shelved largely over disagreements about sharing of information about pathogens that cause epidemics and the high-tech tools used to fight them.

Negotiators will resume work on the treaty in hopes of clinching a deal by the next WHO annual meeting in 2025.

Thursday’s event in Paris also aims to give a funding shot-in-the-arm to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, a public-private partnership that helps get needed vaccines to developing countries around the world.

Gavi says the project aims to make up to US$ 1 billion available over the next ten years help boost Africa’s manufacturing base, to improve global vaccines markets and improve preparedness and response to pandemics and outbreaks like HIV, malaria, TB and COVID-19.

The Geneva-based alliance says the accelerator will inject funds into manufacturers in Africa once they hit supply and regulatory milestones, with an aim to use market forces to drive down prices and encourage investment upstream.

Officials say the project will explore issues like technology transfer — which has been resisted by some Western countries with powerful pharmaceutical companies — as well as the possible creation of a African medicines agency and tackling regulatory hurdles faced in Africa’s patchwork of legal systems.

AP journalist Jamey Keaten in Geneva contributed to this report.

FILE - A woman with a child on her back waits in a queue to be screened for COVID-19 at a testing centre in Soweto, South Africa, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. French President Emmanuel Macron is joining several African leaders on Thursday June 20, 2024 to kick off a planned $1 billion project to accelerate the rollout of vaccines in Africa, after the coronavirus pandemic exposed gaping inequalities in access to them. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)

FILE - A woman with a child on her back waits in a queue to be screened for COVID-19 at a testing centre in Soweto, South Africa, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. French President Emmanuel Macron is joining several African leaders on Thursday June 20, 2024 to kick off a planned $1 billion project to accelerate the rollout of vaccines in Africa, after the coronavirus pandemic exposed gaping inequalities in access to them. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)

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