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Juventus warned over ‘stubborn & single-minded’ Sarri

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea reacts during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final Second Leg match between Chelsea and Eintracht Frankfurt at Stamford Bridge on May 09, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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Juventus should think twice over naming “single-minded” Maurizio Sarri as manager as he simply isn’t a good fit, warns Paolo Bandini.

Juventus are on the lookout for a new head coach following Massimiliano Allegri’s departure. The Serie A champions will likely hope to seal a deal for a new gaffer before the start of pre-season.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola appeared to be in pole position for the role. Although both the Catalan and his club have sternly denied these claims.

With few other options on the table, it seems Juventus have surprisingly turned to Chelsea coach Sarri. Several news outlets have claimed the 60-year-old is keen on a return to his native Italy and has struck a £5m agreement to leave Stamford Bridge.

But Bandini fired Juventus a warning over appointing Sarri as Allegri’s replacement. The Italian journalist reckons it’s a bad call as his compatriot won’t fit in well at all.

“I have a lot of admiration for Maurizio Sarri, I’m really excited for him personally,” Bandini told ESPN.

“I think we forget how much of a cool story this is that this guy was working in a bank in the middle of his life, made a change and now will manage the most successful team domestically in Italian football.

“He’s reached the pinnacle and I think he deserves it. Having come in at Chelsea late last summer and qualified for the Champions League and won the Europa League despite criticism from the fans, I think he’s overachieved there and at Napoli.

“It all looks great on paper, but I just don’t see it. I don’t think that personally, he’s a good fit for Juventus.

“I think he’s a very stubborn and single-minded character and some of the comments he’s made and he’s apologised for won’t fit with a club like that [Juventus].

“I think he will rub up against certain characters at Juventus, and his tactical dogmatic nature will be hard when you’ve got so many talented players to make use for.

“When he was at Chelsea and Napoli he had 11 or 12 first-team players to choose from, and it just doesn’t fit, the jigsaw just doesn’t quite work for me and Sarri at Juventus.

”Looking at him as an individual, he deserves it, and looking at Juventus hiring a manager who has overachieved at his last two jobs, you can’t fault him, it’s just something about the marriage of Juventus and Maurizio Sarri that – for me – doesn’t work.