Juventus have sensationally axed boss Maurizio Sarri after just one season in charge following the club’s Champions League elimination.
Despite leading the Turin giants to a ninth straight Serie A title, supporters and the club’s hierarchy have been left unimpressed by the veteran 61-year-old.
His fate was sealed the day after the early European exit at the hands of Lyon, and the decision may cost the club around £27million, should Sarri be unable to find a new role during the 24 months that were left on his deal.
The official announcement was released on Saturday following a crisis meeting held between members of the club’s hierarchy – and according to reports in Italy, Mauricio Pochettino has already been contacted to replace Sarri.
It is believed that the 48-year-old, who remains out of work after his Tottenham dismissal, will become the first candidate to be formally interviewed.
Club chairman Andrea Agnelli fronted up the decision to replace the man in the hot seat. Long-standing servants Giorgio Chiellini and Gianlugi Buffon have been given assurances over a potential successor.
Former banker Sarri was hired on a three-year contract last June with the expectation that Juventus would progress to the later rounds of the competition.
It is understood that Sarri’s tactical choices, and questionable preparations ahead of games, played a key role in his downfall. His methods are said to have irked his players, and there was often confusion about his style of play at both ends of the field.
Among those also linked to the vacancy are former boss Massimiliano Allegri and Zinedine Zidane. Allegri enjoyed a trophy-laden first spell in Turin between 2014 and 2019 and was harshly sacked.
Both Real Madrid boss Zidane and Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi are less likely to be handed the reins at the Allianz Stadium, with both remaining tied down at their respective teams.