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Arrivederci, says Juventus to head coach Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo. Photo: juventus.com

Turin (Italy), May 28 (MNN) Juventus announced on Friday that Andrea Pirlo will leave the Serie A club as coach after a single season.

The news was confirmed in the morning as the club placed on record their thanks for Pirlo’s efforts in a highly sentimental statement.

It read: ‘Thank you, Andrea. 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 Supercup and the Coppa Italia.

“And he, as 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.’

The club also published a photo gallery of Pirlo’s tenure as manager on their club website with no mention of the word ‘sacked’.

Under Pirlo, Juventus scraped past Napoli to finish fourth and qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League. The former Italy international however led Juve to success in both the Supercoppa Italiana and Coppa Italia.

The move was announced after Juventus finished fourth in the Serie and went out of the Champions League in the last 16.

Pirlo is departing after only one season. He took the Juventus hot seat right after Maurizio Sarri was sacked by the club.

Pirlo, who made 164 appearances for Juve between 2011 and 2015, was appointed as the manager following Maurizio Sarri’s sacking in August 2020.

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