Massimiliano Allegri appointed as new Juventus manager after Andrea Pirlo sees the door out

Juventus have announced the return of Massimiliano Allegri as manager after sacking Andrea Pirlo on Friday. Allegri was the favourite to succeed the departing Pirlo, who failed to bring Juventus a 10th straight Serie A title in a lackluster season.

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Massimiliano Allegri appointed as new Juventus manager after Andrea Pirlo sees the door out
Massimiliano Allegri appointed as new Juventus manager after Andrea Pirlo sees the door out

Juventus have reappointed Massimiliano Allegri as their new manager just hours after sacking Andrea Pirlo from the post on Friday, the Serie A champions confirmed.

Massimiliano Allegri has been appointed as the new Juventus coach, succeeding Andrea Pirlo, returning to the club for a second spell in charge, the Serie A side announced on Friday. Allegri’s comes succeeding Andrea Pirlo reign as Juventus coach, in which Juventus only won the Coppa Italia title, lost the Serie A to Inter Milan and were knocked out from the Champions League in the round of 16 by Porto.

Allegri’s appointment succeeds Pirlo’s sacking as Juventus coach

Juventus have reappointed former boss Massimiliano Allegri just hours after sacking Andrea Pirlo
Juventus have reappointed former boss Massimiliano Allegri just hours after sacking Andrea Pirlo

Juventus have reappointed former boss Massimiliano Allegri just hours after sacking Andrea Pirlo. Juventus ended fourth in Serie A under their former player to miss out on the title for the first time since 2012. Allegri has come back to the Turin club on a €9m (£7.7m)-a-year deal, according to Sky in Italy, two years after he departed following a successful first spell in charge.

Allegri with Serie A
Allegri with Serie A

Allegri was in charge of Juventus from 2014-19, winning five successive league titles, four Coppa Italias and reaching the Champions League final twice. Prior to joining Juventus, Allegri had led AC Milan to their last Serie A title in 2010-11.

Juventus club statement read: “Allegri finds a bench he knows very well, a club he loves and loves him, to start a new journey together today, towards new goals.

“We said goodbye, two years ago, with a message, “History Alone”, delivered by our President to the Coach: a hug and a shirt on which, in two words, all Allegri’s experience at Juve was. The beauty of the story, however, is that it never stops. And in football, this means a concept that we have ingrained in our DNA: the best victory is the next. Always.

“And then we are ready to restart with Allegri, to build our future together; with his enormous professionalism, his moral strength, with the brilliant ideas of a technician capable of clearing the cards, on and off the pitch. With his smile, a sort of “signature”.

“With his way of understanding football and life: simplicity, desire to play down, commitment to enjoy every beautiful moment that living at Juventus can give and will give.”

Earlier Juventus have sacked their head coach Andrea Pirlo after a pale season, as they struggled in Serie A, surrendering their league title to Inter Milan and only managing to finish fourth, securing Champions League football on the final day of the season.

Pirlo, 42, replaced Maurizio Sarri last summer but could only steer Juventus to fourth place in Serie A, as their nine-year hold on the Italian title finally came to an end.

“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.” said the club official statement that saw out Pirlo’s reign as Juventus coach.

It is the latest managerial move among Europe’s big clubs with Antonio Conte leaving Inter Milan to be replaced by former Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi and Zinedine Zidane departing Real Madrid.

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