Juventus have appointed Andrea Pirlo as their new head coach on a two-year deal.


The Italian club acted swiftly as Sarri, 61, paid the price for their Champions League exit at the hands of Lyon on Friday night, with Pirlo replacing him on a two-year contract.


The 41-year-old, who made 164 appearances for the club between 2011 and 2015, was only named as Juventus Under-23s manager 10 days ago but gets an immediate promotion.

Andrea Pirlo


A Juventus statement read: “The club has decided to entrust him with the technical leadership of the first team, after having already selected him for Juventus Under-23.


“Today’s choice is based on the belief that Pirlo has what it takes to lead, from his debut on the bench, an expert and talented squad to pursue new successes.”


Sarri, who delivered another Serie A title, was sacked on Saturday following the club’s last-16 exit in the Champions League, going out on away goals to Lyon.

Maurizio Sarri


A club statement read: “Juventus announce that Maurizio Sarri has been relieved of his post as coach of the first team.


“The club would like to thank the coach for writing a new page in Juventus history by winning a ninth consecutive Scudetto, the culmination of a personal journey that saw him move through every level of Italian football.”

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