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Juventus SACK Maurizio Sarri following Champions League exit

Juventus have sensationally axed boss Maurizio Sarri after just one season in charge following the club’s Champions League elimination.

Despite leading the Turin giants to a ninth straight Serie A title, supporters and the club’s hierarchy have been left unimpressed by the veteran 61-year-old.

His fate was sealed the day after the early European exit at the hands of Lyon.

Juventus have sacked Maurizio Sarri the day after the club's Champions League elimination

Juventus have sacked Maurizio Sarri the day after the club's Champions League elimination

Juventus have sacked Maurizio Sarri the day after the club’s Champions League elimination

The Turin giants crashed out of the European competition in the last 16 at the hands of Lyon

The Turin giants crashed out of the European competition in the last 16 at the hands of Lyon

The Turin giants crashed out of the European competition in the last 16 at the hands of Lyon

Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be among the top candidates to replace the outgoing Sarri

Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be among the top candidates to replace the outgoing Sarri

Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be among the top candidates to replace the outgoing Sarri

The official announcement was released on Saturday following a crisis meeting held between members of the club’s hierarchy – and it has been reported that Mauricio Pochettino has already been contacted to replace Sarri.

It is believed that the 48-year-old, who remains out of work after his Tottenham dismissal, would have accepted Juventus’ approach through an intermediary. It is expected he will become the first candidate to be formally interviewed.  

Club chairman Andrea Agnelli fronted up the decision to replace the man in the hot seat. Long-standing servants Giorgio Chiellini and Gianlugi Buffon would have been informed about Sarri’s sacking first, and also given assurances over a potential successor. 

Chairman Andrea Agnelli fronted up the decision to fire Sarri just one season into his reign

Chairman Andrea Agnelli fronted up the decision to fire Sarri just one season into his reign

Chairman Andrea Agnelli fronted up the decision to fire Sarri just one season into his reign

Juventus' woeful form towards the end of the season had raised concerns over Sarri's future

Juventus' woeful form towards the end of the season had raised concerns over Sarri's future

Juventus’ woeful form towards the end of the season had raised concerns over Sarri’s future

SARRI’S JUVE RECORD 

Won: 34 

Drawn:

Lost: 9

Scored: 100

Conceded: 55 

Trophies: Serie A

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The decision to bring an early end to Sarri’s reign may cost the club around £27million, should the tactician be unable to find a new role during the 24 months that were left on his deal. 

It was decided during crisis talks held soon after Friday’s game that Sarri was no longer deemed the man capable of helping lead Juventus back to continental glory.  

It has also been revealed that chief Agnelli was never enamoured with Sarri’s original appointment, but has tended to stand by the choices made by Fabio Paratici and Pavel Nedved. 

Both figures will have been made aware that their next hiring must be a better one.  

Agnelli in particular is thought to have been left infuriated with the poor performances and lapses in concentration that have dogged Juventus all too often this year.  

Agnelli typically stands by the decisions made by club chiefs Fabio Paratici and Pavel Nedved

Agnelli typically stands by the decisions made by club chiefs Fabio Paratici and Pavel Nedved

Agnelli typically stands by the decisions made by club chiefs Fabio Paratici and Pavel Nedved

The 61-year-old led the Old Lady to a ninth consecutive Serie A title but flattered to deceive

The 61-year-old led the Old Lady to a ninth consecutive Serie A title but flattered to deceive

The 61-year-old led the Old Lady to a ninth consecutive Serie A title but flattered to deceive

Former banker Sarri was hired on a three-year contract last June with the expectation that Juventus would progress to the later rounds of the competition. 

But the head coach was forced to angrily beat away questions surrounding his future after the setback. 

Cristiano Ronaldo, who has often single-handedly spared Sarri from greater criticism this campaign, netted twice but the Old Lady crashed out on away goals after Memphis Depay struck from the penalty spot.  

It is understood that Sarri’s tactical choices, and questionable preparations ahead of games, played a key role in his downfall. His methods are said to have irked his players, and there was often confusion about his style of play at both ends of the field. 

Cristiano Ronaldo's heroic brace against Lyon proved not enough to spare Sarri from the sack

Cristiano Ronaldo's heroic brace against Lyon proved not enough to spare Sarri from the sack

Cristiano Ronaldo’s heroic brace against Lyon proved not enough to spare Sarri from the sack

Juventus’ form after clinching yet another league title raised alarms, with the club limping over the line following a torrid run of two wins from their last eight fixtures. 

Their points tally of 83, which proved just enough to fend off Inter Milan, was their lowest since the 2011-12 season.

Juventus also suffered disappointment in the cup competitions in which they have historically been so successful. 

Napoli won the Coppa Italia after a dramatic penalty shootout, and Lazio downed Sarri’s outfit 3-1 to clinch the Suppercoppa Italia in December.

Sarri admitted to having struggled to impose his preferred style of play at Juventus this season

Sarri admitted to having struggled to impose his preferred style of play at Juventus this season

Sarri admitted to having struggled to impose his preferred style of play at Juventus this season

The man at the helm himself admitted to having struggled to impose his preferred style of play on his team. He also rued their inability to quickly move the ball after Juventus’ first leg loss to Lyon in February. 

But regardless of the on-field chaos and discontent, Sarri was adamant that he would be spared from the sack when questioned about the mounting speculation late on Friday.  

He had told Sky Sports: ‘I don’t think directors of a top level club will make a decision based on one match.

‘They are going to evaluate the whole season. I find this kind of question offensive, but not towards me, it’s offensive towards the directors. 

Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has been linked with returning for a second spell

Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has been linked with returning for a second spell

Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has been linked with returning for a second spell

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is also believed to have admirers at the Allianz Stadium

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is also believed to have admirers at the Allianz Stadium

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is also believed to have admirers at the Allianz Stadium

‘I have a contract, I’ll respect it and I don’t expect anything.’ 

Before it was confirmed Juventus had officially pulled the trigger, several reports indicated that the Italian giants have already sounded out Pochettino as a potential successor. 

Among those also linked to the vacancy are former boss Massimiliano Allegri and Zinedine Zidane. Allegri enjoyed a trophy-laden first spell in Turin between 2014 and 2019 and was harshly sacked.

Both Real Madrid boss Zidane and Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi are less likely to be handed the reins at the Allianz Stadium, however, with both remaining tied down at their respective teams.

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