Juventus appoint Andrea Pirlo as manager after sacking Maurizio Sarri

Former Italy legend Andrea Pirlo has been appointed as Juventus’ new manager on a two-year contract just hours after Maurizio Sarri’s sacking.

The 41-year-old Pirlo was promoted to the senior job one week after being named coach of Juve’s under-23 side, who play in the Italian third tier, and without having taken charge of a match.

The 61-year-old Sarri leaves Juventus after just one season in charge. The decision came a day after the Italian giants crashed out of the Champions League in the last 16 to French club Lyon.

“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,” Club said in a statement.

“Today begins a new chapter of his career in the world of football, as it was said almost a week ago: from Maestro to Mister,” it added.

He Pirlo won the Champions League twice with AC Milan, Serie A twice with Milan and four times with Juventus, the Club World Cup with Milan, the Coppa Italia with Milan and Juve plus Serie B as a youngster with Brescia.

He spent most of his time at Milan and then Juventus but also had a short stint at Inter Milan, also played on loan at Reggina and finished his playing career at New York City in Major League Soccer (MLS).

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