Juventus have pulled off a huge shock move and appointed their former midfielder Andrea Pirlo as first team manager.
The news comes on the same day the club parted ways with Maurizio Sarri, following Juventus’ Champions League exit at the hands of French side Lyon.
Juve had been heavily linked with both Zinedine Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino, though have opted to turn to Pirlo just nine days after appointing him as coach of the Under 23 side.
An official agreement between Juve and the 41-year-old to take the reins of the first team was quickly thrashed out and the club announced the appointment on Saturday evening.
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It is said that Pirlo was chosen by the club president Andrea Agnelli, who he had a close working relationship with during his time as a Juve player – despite the fact he has never been first team manager before.
Now his progress will be rapidly accelerated and very much in the spotlight, with Pirlo set to take on one of the most high-pressure positions in European football.
Pirlo made over 100 appearances in the famous black and white stripes of Juventus, after signing for the club from AC Milan in 2011.
Renowned as one of the finest playmakers in football history, Pirlo departed Italy in 2015 when he left the club to finish his career in MLS with New York City.
Juve remain desperate to win the Champions League, after failing to lift the European Cup since the 1995/96 season when they defeated Ajax in the final.
They made the final again in 2015, when they were beaten by Barcelona in Pirlo’s final match for the club.