Andrea Pirlo is appointed head coach of Turkish side Fatih Karagumruk SK as he seals his return to management ending his hiatus from the dugout one year after being sacked by Juventus
- Andrea Pirlo has been confirmed as the new manager of Fatih Karagumruk SK
- The former midfielder was sacked from his old club Juventus 12 months ago
- The 43-year-old won Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana with the Serie A side
- The Italian has been taking a hiatus since his stint in charge of the Old Lady
Andrea Pirlo has sealed a return to management after being appointed as the new head coach of Turkish side Fatih Karagumruk SK.
The Italian has been out of work since being sacked from his first managerial job at Juventus one year ago.
Pirlo had been linked to the job at the Turkish side earlier this week and Fabrizio Romano has now confirmed that the deal has been officially completed.
Andrea Pirlo (right) has been appointed as head coach of Turkish side Fatih Karagumruk SK
Sky Sports had reported that the former Juventus and Italy midfielder has penned a 12-month deal with the club, bringing an end to his brief hiatus away from the dugout.
The 43-year-old was dismissed by Juventus at the end of the 2020-21 season, after a poor showing in the Champions League and Serie A, despite winning the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana.
His new club finished eighth in the Turkish top flight last season but are said to have ambitions to challenge Istanbul’s giants at the top of the table.
The former Italy midfielder has brought an end to his brief hiatus away from the dugout
The club feel Pirlo is the man to help them achieve their goals as they reportedly view him as a winner.
It is understood that Spezia held an interest in him, and the move would have kept him in Serie A following his sacking at the Old Lady.
However, Pirlo remained free to talk to other parties, and he has now taken up the reins with Karagumruk, who finished eighth last season in the Super Lig.
Pirlo was sacked from Juventus despite winning the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana
They now plan to fight it out with the likes of Fenerbahce and Galatasaray next year, and Pirlo will look to use his vast experience to help them improve.
There is something of an Italian tradition at the club, too. Goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano, defender Davide Biraschi and Caner Erkin have all played in Serie A.
Lucas Biglia, formerly of AC Milan, and Abdoulaye Toure, who will return from his loan at Genoa, will also be available to Pirlo, as will Fabio Borini and Yann Karamoah.
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