Andrea Pirlo has said he has no regrets about accepting the Juventus job after being sacked on Friday after a season as coach and replaced by Massimiliano Allegri.
Pirlo was appointed with no senior coaching experience and led the reigning Serie A champions to fourth place. Allegri is back for a second term on a contract said to be until 2025.
“It has been an intense and complicated year but still a wonderful one,” said Pirlo. “When I got the call from Juventus, I never thought about the risk I was taking. If I had to go back I would do the exact same choice again, despite being aware of all the obstacles I encountered in such a difficult time for everyone which made it difficult for me to plan my intentions and style better. game.
“This adventure, despite an unexpected ending, made it even clearer what I would like my future to be, which I hope will be just as complete and fulfilling as the one I have experienced as a player. “
Juventus said in a statement confirming Pirlo’s departure: “For the courage, dedication, passion with which he has demonstrated every day, our thanks go to the maestro, the coach and Andrea, it really comes from the heart . As well as our good luck for the future, which will surely be wonderful. These are the first words we all have to say at the end of this special experience together.
Pirlo was looking to win 10 successive Serie A titles for Juventus but struggled. The team even headed to the final matchday facing the prospect of not qualifying for the Champions League for the first time since 2011-12, but the victory over Bologna, and other results supporting them. , defeated them. Pirlo won the Coppa Italia by beating Atalanta this month.
Allegri won five Serie A titles in a row in his first stint at Juventus between 2014 and 2019, in addition to lifting Coppa Italia four times and finishing twice a Champions League finalist, but he didn’t. has not been a coach since.
Juventus said: “Allegri finds a bench that he knows very well, a club that he loves and who loves him in return, because today a new journey begins together, towards new goals. “