Official: Juventus sack Andrea Pirlo

Serie A

Serie A giants Juventus have officially parted ways with manager Andrea Pirlo just days after the conclusion of the 2020/21 season. 

On Friday, the Bianconeri announced that Pirlo had left the club following the conclusion of the campaign, despite guiding Juventus to the Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup titles this season.

"Thank you, Andrea," the club said in an official statement confirming Pirlo's departure. "These are the first words that all of us need to say at the end of this special experience together.

"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 Super Cup and the Coppa Italia. And he, as a coach, brought home brilliant victories on the most prestigious of fields, 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 to Andrea, that really comes from the heart. As well as our good luck for the future that will surely be a wonderful one."

Pirlo ultimately oversaw 52 matches during his tenure in Turin, winning 34 of those, and is expected to be replaced by former Juve boss Maximiliano Allegri in the coming days.

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