Maurizio Sarri’s stint with Juventus FC has ended after just a year, as the club decided to sack the Italian gaffer following their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 exit against Lyon.
Following a year long stint with Premier League giants Chelsea, former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri returned to his home country as Juventus replaced him with Massimiliano Allegri last summer.
Although the Old Lady were the crowned champions of the 2019-20 Serie A seasonunder Sarri, the lacklustre performance at the Champions League clash against Lyon, followed by the exit yesterday made the club scrutinise Sarri’s future at Turin.
Juventus part ways with Maurizio Sarri
Maurizio Sarri arrived at Juventus on 16th June last year, following a year long spell with Chelsea. Even though a stellar run got Juve their 9th consecutive Serie A title, the defeat against Sarri’s former side Napoli at the Coppa Italia Final, followed by the Round of 16 exit in the Champions League was raising doubts over the 61-year old’s future with the club.
Following a meeting held by the club’s board officials on Saturday, the club has officially stated that Sarri has been handed his marching orders out of the Allianz Stadium.
“Juventus Football Club announces that Maurizio Sarri has been relieved of his post as coach of the First Team,” Juve’s official statement read.
“The club would like to thank the coach for having written a new page in Juventus’ history with the victory of the ninth-consecutive championship, the culmination of a personal journey that led him to climb all the divisions of Italian football.”
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On facing the Bianconeri at home, Lyon were ahead on 1-0 aggregate from the first leg. Although a stellar brace from Cristiano Ronaldo won Juventus the match 2-1, the single away goal from Lyon forward Memphis Depay was the decider.
Italian news channel Sportitalia has named former Tottenham Boss Mauricio Pochettino as Sarri’s successor, as they reported that the club is already in talks with the Argentine. The former Spurs gaffer left the club in 2019 on the arrival of José Mourinho, and has been out of work since then.
Some other reports suggest that Juventus U23 manager and club’s hall of fame Andrea Pirlo is a strong option for the senior team. Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi is also rumoured to be on Juve’s radar.