Andrea Pirlo has officially stepped out as the head coach of Italian giants Juventus after just a year at the helm of his first experience as a top coach.
Juventus confirmed the news on their official channels, hours before appointing Massimiliano Allegri as their replacement. Allegri will return to the club he led for five seasons from 2014 to 2019, winning 12 trophies and five Serie A league titles.
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Pirlo has led Juventus to the Italian Cup, the Italian Super Cup and qualifying for the UEFA Champions League next season. But more importantly, they were knocked out in the Champions League round of 16 and they also finished 13 points behind champions Inter Milan in the Serie A title race which Juventus had won nine consecutive years before the finish. by Pirlo.
It looked like Pirlo might have done enough to save his position in the final week of the season when Juventus won the Italian Cup and clinched a Champions League berth in four days. Qualification for the Champions League was secured in the last game of the Serie A season, but Juventus also needed other teams to falter to finish in the top four places and secure a place in the lucrative competition.
Juventus announce Pirlo’s departure
The statement on the official Juventus website read:
“Thank you, Andrea. These are the first words we all have to say at the end of this special experience together.
“A few months ago, Andrea Pirlo, icon of world football, started his new adventure, his first as a coach.
“To do this, you first need courage, as well as awareness of your own resources, 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 started the first steps of what will undoubtedly become a brilliant coaching career. A transformational adventure, seeking and often succeeding in bringing his ideas and championing experience to the field on the other side ‘of fence.
“Since in football, what counts are the victories, let us remember that. In the space of a few months, Juve de Pirlo won two trophies: the Italian Supercup and Coppa Italia. prestigious estates, from San Siro to Camp Nou.
“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 Andrea, it really comes from the heart. As well as our good luck for the future this will surely be a wonderful one. “
Message from Andrea Pirlo to the fans
Pirlo, a former Juventus midfielder, joined the club in the summer of 2020 to take charge of the club’s Under-23 team, but was surprisingly promoted to first-team head coach one week later when the club fired Maurizio Sarri in August 2020 Pirlo’s final record in his first season as a top manager was 35V-8L-10D in all competitions.
He wrote in an Instagram post: “My first season as a manager is over. It has been an intense, complicated but in any case wonderful year.
“When I was called up by Juventus I never thought about the risk I was running, although it was pretty obvious. The respect for the colors of this shirt and the desire to get involved at the highest level for the project that was proposed to me prevailed.
“If I had to go back, I would make the exact same choice, despite being aware of all the obstacles I encountered in such a difficult time for everyone, which prevented me from best planning my intentions and my style of play, but during which I achieved the objectives that were required of me.
“This adventure, despite an unexpected ending, made it even clearer what I would like my future to be, which I hope is as complete and full of satisfaction as I have experienced. as a footballer. It’s time to get back into the game and face new challenges. However, I want to thank the Juventus family and everyone who has been close to me this season. “