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Gattuso welcomes former Milan team-mate Pirlo into Juve job

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Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso has some ‘nice’ words for ex-teammate Andrea Pirlo who was recently announced as Juve manager.

It’s been a roller-coaster ride for Juventus in the past 48 hours. From bowing out of the Champions League to the dismissal of Maurizio Sarri and the swift appointment of Andrea Pirlo as manager.

Given the newly-appointed 41-year-old has no experience whatsoever in coaching, no one knows what to expect from him.

During his playing days, Pirlo was excellent on the pitch and about one of the very best in his position at the time.

In his time at Milan, he shared the pitch alongside Gennaro Gattuso who now sits at the helm of affairs with Napoli.

Gattuso has now warned Pirlo his successful spell as a player would not exactly make his job as a manager any easier.

“Well he’s screwed now… That’s the job,” Gattuso told Sky Italia following Napoli’s defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League on Saturday.

“He’s lucky to be starting at Juventus, but this profession is one where a great playing career is not enough.

“You have to study, to work hard, and you don’t get much sleep.”

“Being a player and being a coach is really not the same thing at all,” Gattuso added.

“It’s a totally different profession and we can’t learn it just from books, we need to get in there and work hard. It’s a different world.”

Pirlo now takes charge of one of the most difficult jobs in football and has little or no time to instill success on the pitch.