Juventus have sacked coach Andrea Pirlo after a single season in charge, the deposed Italian champions announced on Friday.
The 42-year-old was a surprise choice to replace Maurizio Sarri last summer and under his guidance Juventus failed to win the Serie A title for the first time since 2012.
The club released a statement headlined “Good Luck, Andrea Pirlo” after a season in which Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates lost the Serie A title to Inter Milan and were eliminated in the last 16 of the Champions League.
“Thanks Andrea. These are the first words that all of us must pronounce at the end of this special experience lived together.
“For the courage, the dedication, the passion with which he demonstrated every day, our thanks go to the ‘Maestro’, the coach and to Andrea, that really comes from the heart, as well as our good luck for the future that will surely be a wonderful one.”
Pirlo played 164 games for Juventus between 2011 and 2015 and won four Serie A titles in Turin after joining from AC Milan, with whom he spent most of his career and won two Champions League and two league titles.
He also earned 116 caps for Italy and helped them to win the 2006 World Cup, retiring in 2017 having spent two years in Major League Soccer at New York City FC after leaving Juventus.
Pirlo’s appointment as Juventus manager was a shock and although he did win the Italian Super Cup and Coppa Italia, it was not enough to keep his job.
Massimiliano Allegri is expected to return for a second spell as manager.
Allegri was in charge of Juventus from 2014-19, winning five successive league titles and reaching the Champions League final twice. He is currently without a job.