Andrea Pirlo has been sacked by Juventus after a miserable season in which they lost their grip on Serie A in devastating fashion and failed to make their mark in Europe.
Juventus started the campaign in search of a 10th straight title but couldn’t live with runaway champions Inter Milan.
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Pirlo was given his marching orders with Juve stumbling into next season’s Champions League as Max Allegri is preparing to return, two years after he departed.
The news was confirmed on Friday morning with the club placing on record their thanks for Pirlo’s efforts.
Juve issued the following message to Pirlo upon his departure from the Allianz Stadium: “Thank you, Andrea.
“These are the first words that all of us need to say at the end of this special experience together. A few months ago, Andrea Pirlo, an icon of world football, began his new adventure, his first as a coach.
Thank you for everything, @Pirlo_official!
— JuventusFC 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@juventusfcen) May 28, 2021
“To do this, first of all, it takes courage, as well as awareness of one’s own means, especially in a period marked by thousands of difficulties, with the world forced by the pandemic to reinvent its own rules day after day.
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“Pirlo has just begun the first steps of what will no doubt become a brilliant career as a coach. An adventure of transformation, seeking, and often managing, to bring his ideas and his experience as a champion on the pitch from the “other side” of the fence.
“And since in football, what counts are the victories, let’s remember them: in the space of a few short months Pirlo’s Juve has raised two trophies: The Italian Supercup and the Coppa Italia. And he, as coach, brought home brilliant victories on the most prestigious of fields, from San Siro to Camp Nou.
“For all this, for the courage, the dedication, the passion with which he demonstrated every day, our thanks go to the Maestro, the Coach and to Andrea, that really comes from the heart. As well as our good luck for the future that will surely be a wonderful one.”
Meanwhile, Juventus are close to announcing Massimiliano Allegri as their head coach to replace Pirlo.
Massimiliano Allegri may return to his former club after resigning in 2019.