Juventus appointment former player Pirlo as coach

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Juventus have appointed Andrea Pirlo as their next manager after sacking former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.

The ex-Blues manager was dismissed earlier today after being knocked out of the Champions League last 16 by Lyon on Friday night.

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That result proved decisive with the Juventus board as they took immediate action despite the club winning a ninth Serie A title on the bounce. Pirlo takes the reigns at Juventus until June 30, 2022 despite his lack of coaching experience.

The Italian maestro was, in fact, appointed as the club’s Under-23 boss just last week is yet to take charge of a single match as a manager.

Juventus become the latest club to opt for a former legend as their coach, with Chelsea and Arsenal both opting for that approach with Frank Lampard and Mikel Arteta in the last 12 months.

Pirlo returns to Juve having starred for the club between 2011 and 2015. The midfielder helped lead the Bianconeri to four straight Serie A titles, as well as the final of the 2014–15 Champions League.

“Juventus, as the club has decided to entrust him with the technical leadership of the First Team, after having already selected him for Juventus Under 23. Today’s choice is based on the belief that Pirlo has what it takes to lead from his debut on the bench, an expert and talented squad to pursue new successes,” a statement on the club website reads in part.

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