Juventus sack head coach Andrea Pirlo after one season in charge

Pirlo replaced Maurizio Sarri last summer but could only steer Juventus to fourth place in Serie A.

Pirlo's departure is a strong decision by Juventus. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Juventus have announced their decision to sack head coach and former player Andrea Pirlo after just one season in charge. Pirlo is extremely popular and considered one of the players who have very few critics. The same however did not stop Juventus from taking the decision to sack the midfielder, following a season where the Serie A giants barely managed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. The club expressed their thankfulness to Pirlo in a written statement, with words of praise.

“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. 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. 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,” it said.

“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,” added the club statement.

It will be interesting to see if the former footballer looks to join another club after this. Pirlo is more than capable of making a comeback, considering his footballing intelligence and vast experience.

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