Andrea Pirlo is set to be confirmed as Juventus’ new manager after being handpicked by the club’s president. Italy legend Pirlo will succeed Maurizio Sarri in the dugout. Sarri was axed following Juventus’ Champions League exit at the hands of Lyon.
Pirlo, who spent four years as a player for Juventus, returned to the club as their Under-23 manager at the end of July.
A host of names were immediately linked with the first-team vacancy but Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli has chosen the former midfielder to take the club forward.
The Old Lady secured a 2-1 win at the Allianz Stadium last night in the second leg of their last-16 tie but Lyon’s 1-0 victory in France was enough to see them through on away goals.
It represents a massive failure for the Serie A serial winners, who have heavily invested in Cristiano Ronaldo in a bid to end their European trophy drought.
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The disappointing conclusion to the campaign means Sarri leaves Juventus with just the league title to his name.
It is his first major trophy in Italy but the club’s ninth Serie A crown in a row was not enough to save his job.
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A statement from the Old Lady said: “Juventus Football Club announces that Maurizio Sarri has been relieved of his post as coach of the First Team.
“The club would like to thank the coach for having written a new page in Juventus’ history with the victory of the ninth-consecutive championship, the culmination of a personal journey that led him to climb all the divisions of Italian football.”
Pirlo, one of Italy’s greatest midfielders, won five major trophies in four seasons as a Juventus player following his free transfer from AC Milan in 2011.
He made 164 appearances across all competitions before heading to the United States of America to play for MLS outfit New York City.
The classy passer also helped his country to 2006 World Cup glory.
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