After Juventus’ elimination yesterday from the Champions League Club President Andrea Agnelli had said that the leadership would take a day to analyze the season that has been before making any firm decisions for the upcoming 2020-21 season.
Well, that did not take long. Manager Maurizio Sarri has been sacked by the Bianconeri effective immediately, days after leading the club to a stuttering title defence. No matter that it’s Juventus’ ninth consecutive Scudetto, the manner in which it was achieved was most perturbing to all observers alike.
In a terse statement released by the club just minutes ago, the website said -
Juventus Football Club announces that Maurizio Sarri has been relieved of his post as coach of the First Team.
The club would like to thank the coach for having written a new page in Juventus’ history with the victory of the ninth-consecutive championship, the culmination of a personal journey that led him to climb all the divisions of Italian football.
This is the second time in a row now Sarri finds himself out of a job after just one season despite winning a trophy following his exit from Chelsea after winning the Europa League.
Despite reassurances from Pavel Nedved and Fabio Paratici before the Lyon game yesterday that Sarri would not be judged on the basis of just one game no matter the result, the veteran coach finds himself out at Vinovo today.
Juve’s attention will now turn towards appointing a new manager, with former boss Massimiliano Allegri still available as is Mauricio Pochettino. The 2020-21 season starts in just over a month on September 19th.
There have been additional rumours that Paratici could also be leaving the club, which could further throw the mercato into disarray as well.
More to follow.