Juventus director Fabio Paratici confirms the decision to sack Maurizio Sarri was made before their Champions League exit to Lyon.
Despite Juventus’ Serie A title, rumors were already circulating that Sarri could find himself dismissed as manager this summer.
More than once the Italian manager had to dismiss reports and questions talking about his future at the Turin club.
Just before Juve’s second-leg clash against Lyon, Sarri was asked one last time about his future and was bold to say the outcome of that fixture would not determine his fate at the club.
Alas, he was wrong. Barely less than 24 hours after the Bianconeri bowed out of the Champions League, the Agnelli family made the tough decision to relieve the 61-year-old of his duties.
Reports claimed Sarri was sacked due to Juve’s Champions League exit, but Fabio Paratici insists that isn’t true.
The Juventus director insists the club made their decision to part ways with the veteran manager long ago.
“We had already made our evaluations before the Lyon result. We had already said, one game does not decide the future of a coach. Our evaluations with Sarri were based on the whole season and not just a single match,” Paratici told Sky Sport Italia.
“The decision for Pirlo was very natural, in the Juventus style, because he is someone who as we said just over a week ago played with us, has always been in contact with everyone here and it felt natural.”
“We also believe he is destined for greatness. He was as a player and we think with confidence he can do the same as a coach.”
“Andrea has in his mind the same approach to coaching as he does when he played. That’s football of great quality and hard work. He wants to propose a certain type of football, the kind European teams are generally trying to follow, and he was very convincing in his explanation to us.”
It now becomes the second season in a row that Sarri has left his job just after one season at the club. It will be interesting to see where he ends up next.