Massimiliano Allegri returned to Juventus on Friday, taking up as coach solely hours after Andrea Pirlo left the job.
Allegri received 5 straight Serie A titles with Juventus, together with 4 league and cup doubles, and in addition reached two Champions League finals. He was fired by the membership two years in the past.
“Massimiliano Allegri is the Juventus coach as soon as extra. Massimiliano Allegri is the Juventus coach as soon as extra,” Juventus mentioned in a press release, excitedly repeating itself. “Allegri returns to a bench that he is aware of very nicely, a membership that he loves and that loves him again, to start at the moment a brand new journey collectively, towards new targets.”
The 53-year-old Allegri has reportedly signed a three-year take care of the membership.
Pirlo coached Juventus for just one season, however the workforce’s fourth-place end ended a run of 9 straight Serie A titles. The membership didn’t say whose resolution it was to go, however studies in Italy say the 42-year-old Pirlo was fired.
Pirlo appeared shocked on the resolution, writing on Instagram that he “reached all of the goals that have been requested of me” and that his time on the membership had ended “in a method I didn’t anticipate.”
Pirlo, a former Juventus participant who had by no means coached at any degree earlier than taking up, was appointed final 12 months after Maurizio Sarri was fired.
“Just a few months in the past, Andrea Pirlo, an icon of world soccer, started his new journey, his first as a coach,” Juventus mentioned in a press release. “To do that, to start with, it takes braveness, in addition to consciousness of 1’s personal means … Pirlo has simply begun the primary steps of what is going to little question grow to be a superb profession as a coach.”
Juventus received the Italian Cup and the Tremendous Cup underneath Pirlo, however Inter Milan received the Serie A title.
The membership additionally faltered within the Champions League, shedding to Porto within the spherical of 16.
“Since in soccer, what counts are the victories, let’s bear in mind them: within the area of some quick months Pirlo’s Juve has raised two trophies: The Italian Supercup and the Coppa Italia. And he, as coach, introduced dwelling sensible victories on essentially the most prestigious of fields, from San Siro to Camp Nou,” Juventus mentioned.
Nicknamed “the maestro” as a participant for his passing abilities, Pirlo helped Italy win the 2006 World Cup and in addition received Serie A six instances — twice with AC Milan and 4 instances with Juventus. He additionally received the Champions League twice with Milan.
Teaching one other workforce appears to be in his future. He has already been linked with the vacant place at Sassuolo.
“My first season as a coach is over. It was an intense 12 months, sophisticated however marvelous on the similar time,” Pirlo mentioned. “This journey, regardless of ending in a method I didn’t anticipate, has made it even clearer what I need my future to be.”