Juventus have rehired former coach Massimiliano Allegri on Friday after parting ways with Andrea Pirlo for failing to win the Serie A for the first time in 10 years and also nearly failing to secure a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League.
Before his arrival, the Old Ladies were looking forward to a 10th consecutive Serie A triumph but had to struggle to settle for fourth on the last day of the season as Inter Milan had wrestled the title away from their grasps some weeks before then.
Therefore, Allegri who led the Serie A giants to 5 titles from 2015 to 2019 before surprisingly fired has now returned. A statement by the club read:
“Massimiliano Allegri is the Juventus manager once more,”
“Allegri finds a bench that he knows very well, a club that he loves and that loves him back, as today a new journey begins together, towards new goals.”
It’s no more news that the decision of Juve president Andrea Agnelli to fire the Italian gaffer came as a surprise even after he ended up as a runner-up twice in the UEFA Champions League and also won 4 Italian Cups.
According to Juve at the time, the team’s form had dipped although the coach remained popular amongst his players, especially Cristiano Ronaldo according to reports.
Meanwhile, it came as a surprise when Juventus hired Pirlo who had no major coaching experience. I guess that they underrated their rivals and thought that his worst would also be enough to seal a Serie A title.
However, they were given a reality check by their rivals who improved tremendously this season. He was brought in to replace Maurizio Sarri who was also sacked even after winning the Serie A the previous season.
Pirlo wrote on social media: “It has been an intense and complicated year but still marvellous.
“When I was called up by Juventus I never thought about the risk I was taking, although it was quite obvious. (But) If I went back in time, I would make exactly the same decision.”
Pirlo won the Super Cup and Italian Cup with the Old Ladies but ended up 13 points behind champions Inter Milan. There have been many big coaching changes in the Serie A thus far as Antonio Conte has left Inter and Gennaro Gattuso has left Napoli for Fiorentina. Regardless, Juventus paid tribute to Pirlo.
“A few months ago, Andrea Pirlo, an icon of world football, began his new adventure, his first as a coach,” Juve wrote.
“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.”