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Juventus sack Sarri, appoint Pirlo after Champion’s League loss

Juventus did not waste time to hire a new  head coach following the sacking of Maurizio Sarri, with former Juve midfield legend Andrea Pirlo confirmed as the Turin club’s new boss.

The 41-year-old made 119 league appearances for “The Old Lady” of Italian football between 2011 and 2015 after joining the club from rivals AC Milan.

The playmaker, generally considered to be one of the best passers of a ball in the world during his peak years, was given his first managerial job by Juve just 10 days ago when he was appointed the club’s Under-23 coach.

But now the club has promoted him to the top job, before he even had the chance to lead the Under-23s in a match, and the club will hope that he can bring the sort of success to Turin that he brought during his playing days.

As a player, Pirlo won four back-to-back Serie A titles, as well as the Coppa Italia and two Supercoppa Italianas.

Juventus Sarri following the Serie A side’s UEFA Champions League exit at the hands of French side Lyon on Friday night.

Sarri took over the helm at Juve in June 2019, with the Naples-born manager stepping into the hot seat following the departure of Antonio Conte, but suffered a tricky start after being diagnosed with pneumonia before the start of the 2019-20 Serie A season.

He went on to capture the Scudetto for “The Old Lady” in July this year, but for a club that has dominated Serie A for the past decade, success on the domestic front wasn’t enough to keep Sarri at the helm.

Sarri’s pragmatic style of play, dubbed “Sarri-ball” failed to win over the fans, and the boss reportedly struggled to establish positive relationships with some of his key players.

And after his side crashed out of the UEFA Champions League on away goals Friday night following a 2-1 home win against Lyon, Sarri told reporters he didn’t expect the club’s bosses to make a knee-jerk decision.

However, the top brass at Juventus took swift action as they axed Sarri less than 24 hours after the game. Referencing his managerial future at the club, he said: “I don’t think top-level executives decide based on a single game. I think they make wider evaluations – whether they be for or against.”

He was wrong.

“Juventus Football Club announces that Maurizio Sarri has been relieved of his post as coach of the First Team,” the club said on its website.

“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.”

Sarri departs Turin having set the record of being the oldest manager to win the Serie A title, aged 61 years, 198 days. Now it remains to be seen where he will land next.