Serie A : Italy’s world cup hero Andrea Pirlo appointed as Juventus head coach

Juventus and Italy great Andrea Pirlo has been appointed as Juventus head coach, less than a day after the club sacked Maurizio Sarri. The former midfielder was recently announced as the head coach of Turin club’s U23 side which plays in the Serie C.

He has reportedly been chosen by club president Andrea Agnelli to take the job.“As had been said about a week ago: from Master to Mister. From today for the people of Juventus will be THE Mister, since the company has decided to entrust him with the technical guidance of the First Team, having already selected him for the Juventus Under23.

“Today’s choice is based on the belief that Pirlo has the right skills to lead, since his debut on the bench, an experienced and talented team to chase new successes,” Juventus’ statement read.

 

Pirlo, winner of the 2006 FIFA World Cup with Italy, joined Juventus from AC Milan in 2011 and won four Serie A titles and the Coppa Italia in 2015. He had also won two Champions League titles and two Serie A titles with AC Milan.

After leaving Juventus in 2015, Pirlo spent three seasons at Major League Soccer outfit New York City FC before announcing his retirement in January 2018. The 41-year old earned his UEFA A coaching license earlier this year and returned to Italy in July as Juve’s U23 coach.

Despite guiding Juve to its ninth straight Serie A title, Sarri’s fate was sealed after the Bianconeri were knocked out of the Champions League in the round of 16 stage by French side Lyon.