Juventus sack Andrea Pirlo with Massimiliano Allegri set for Turin return

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Andrea Pirlo has been sacked as Juventus manager, with Massimiliano Allegri set to take over at the Allianz Stadium.

Pirlo has been relieved of his duties after a disappointing first nine months in charge.

The 42-year-old replaced Maurizio Sarrio, who was sacked despite delivering the club a ninth consecutive Serie A title.

His rookie replacement couldn't build on that success, falling short both domestically and in Europe.

Juventus suffered an embarrassing exit to Porto in the last-16 of the Champions League and for large periods looked as though they would fail to qualify for next season's competition, let alone win the league.

A 4-1 win over Bologna on the final day was enough to secure their place at Europe's top table next season, but the board clearly no longer feel Pirlo is the man to lead the club forward.

Allegri, who led Juventus to five consecutive Serie A title before leaving the club in 2019, is expected to return as Pirlo's replacement.

A club statement said: "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.

"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.

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  • "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."

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